Baton Rouge Disaster Relief

$1,705 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 32 people in 25 months
Mike Couste
on behalf of Peter Couste,jr
 METAIRIE, LA
Thanks for helping "The Cajun Cross" we have been shipping out or Caravan of Chefs since two days after the flood in Baton Rouge.

I'm Mike Couste from New Orleans.
I work with AbitaFresh.com. (This seems unnatural to mention but GoFundMe asked me to include that info. This isn't about me. This is about the victims)

GoFundMe has asked to tell you my relation to the victims. They're friends and family and family of friends. They're other people just like me. Hard working folks that have had some bad luck. A few of our members have parent's homes that are totally gone. A grand mother and mother were just finally brought to one of our members homes after a stint in a hospital and 2 different shelters. 

We are low on funds but high on energy. We've had members of our "Cajun Cross" in the damaged areas every day since the flood (except today) 

We have a few more restaurants that are making huge contributions. Our team went from dangerous boat rides saving lives, to cooking for a few people, to a 20 vehicahl caravan of  volunteer chefs, servers and farmers to a 20 Uhaul fleet of donations. 

We are far from done. We aim to keep feeding people while we help gut their homes. 

With this money, we will be able to buy more raw ingredient and keep cooking. 
Buying raw ingredients and using our culinary skills leads us to being able to stretch a penny by cooking in bulk!

Togo boxes and cutlery is a bigger cost than you'd expect!

The next few weeks will be harder than the last.  And while helping with gutting homes we will need cleaning supplies. This all adds up fast. The 1500 I originally suggested will not get us too far but it will help a great deal. 

We call ourselves the Cajun Cross because we aren't the Red Cross and we don't have a huge facility or people in offices. We have cooks, bartenders, construction workers, a stage manager, war veterans...we're just a group of like minded people doing what we can to help pay forward what people did for us in Katrina. 

Side note:
I can't even begin to wrap my mind around what's going on in the huge shelters. If anyone has access to school busses, helping get some of those folks out of the city and onto life in less cramped conditions I'm sure we could have more shelters in surrounding areas. 

But we aren't politicians or wealthy. We are just driven folk trying to help where we can!

UPDATE:
The spirit of the victims has been incredible. Our arrivals are met with tears of joy. Their thanks is as heavy as the mountain of pulled pork The Joint donated. 

Help us keep helping. 

Thanks, ya'll
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We've seen some shit and walked through hell, but Cajun Cross's Caravan of Chefs is still cooking.

Thanks for showing your support. The rebuilding families of the flood are very thankful and we are happy to be able to turn your donations into food for them!

Keep an eye on my Facebook page to share updates on where we are cooking each day!

Helping people is part of being good solid people. And that's what you all are!

Taco Bread chicken wraps rolling out today in Central BR. SOON.

Be safe. Hug a loved one. Help a stranger. Keep being awesome.
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This is just one of the many events your donations helped put on. We are still cooking, so the more money you help us raise, the more people we can feed!

Thanks for showing your support. The rebuilding families of the flood are very thankful and we are happy to be able to turn your donations into food for them!

Keep an eye on my Facebook page to share updates on where we are cooking each day!

Helping people is part of being good solid people. And that's what you all are!

Be safe. Hug a loved one. Keep being awesome.
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You all are amazing. Thanks a bunch. We are almost to our goal. Someone in our group asked if we could ask for more but I don't see the need. If people want to give more than we asked for, they will. Our goal was low because I didn't think many people would notice us. We're getting noticed. Which is fantastic because we are almost out of our own personal funding!

Thanks for all of your support. You guys and gals are amazing.
1400 folks getting fed from the money you kick our way. We're far from done!
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One of our donators became a volunteer AND a contributor!

Thanks, Melissa Glasscock (I swear that's her name)
Glimpse of what folks have been asking for
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Mike Couste
25 months ago
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Joseph Simon, I'm curious, who are the appropriate people? I'm helping. Am I not appropriate? We're doing what we can and I thank all of you for helping keep us going. Joe brings up a good point. Why trust us?! You don't have to. If you want to give money to help the cause, do it. Throw money at whichever GoFundMe you trust the most. I'm just begging you to not throw it at the big Red Cross. They're doing just fine. I've been to their building. They don't need funding. We are people who have just been trying our hardest to help out the most people we can reach. If you don't trust us, just leave us alone. I can't be distracted by negativity and doubt. I'm already beat down by what Mother Nature has done to our people. I can't have our people beating our efforts down too.

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Audry Taylor
25 months ago
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Re: How do you know comment... to check them out, I just Googled the guy's name and company and saw their posts about this effort. Here you go: https://www.facebook.com/AbitaFresh/

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Joseph Simon
25 months ago
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Just curious how do we know you're going to get this money to the appropriate people to help? I'd like to urge people who donate here consider making a matching donation to Team Rubicon (a well established group of veterans and retired first responders that respond to natural disasters all around the U.S. And they have a European branch based out of the UK that does the same there). Not asking anyone here to NOT donate to this goFundme, I just want to let you know that there are other well established groups also responding.

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$1,705 of $2,500 goal

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Created August 16, 2016
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Ken Brown
25 months ago
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Good luck to all of you. Be strong and you'll get through this.

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Dan F
25 months ago
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Mike Couste
25 months ago
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Joseph Simon, I'm curious, who are the appropriate people? I'm helping. Am I not appropriate? We're doing what we can and I thank all of you for helping keep us going. Joe brings up a good point. Why trust us?! You don't have to. If you want to give money to help the cause, do it. Throw money at whichever GoFundMe you trust the most. I'm just begging you to not throw it at the big Red Cross. They're doing just fine. I've been to their building. They don't need funding. We are people who have just been trying our hardest to help out the most people we can reach. If you don't trust us, just leave us alone. I can't be distracted by negativity and doubt. I'm already beat down by what Mother Nature has done to our people. I can't have our people beating our efforts down too.

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Audry Taylor
25 months ago
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Re: How do you know comment... to check them out, I just Googled the guy's name and company and saw their posts about this effort. Here you go: https://www.facebook.com/AbitaFresh/

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Joseph Simon
25 months ago
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Just curious how do we know you're going to get this money to the appropriate people to help? I'd like to urge people who donate here consider making a matching donation to Team Rubicon (a well established group of veterans and retired first responders that respond to natural disasters all around the U.S. And they have a European branch based out of the UK that does the same there). Not asking anyone here to NOT donate to this goFundme, I just want to let you know that there are other well established groups also responding.

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