Lake Charles Disaster Relief

Hurricane Laura, a category 4 hurricane, made landfall in the wee hours of the morning on Thursday, August 27, 2020. She carried with her winds of up to 150 MPH, just 7 MPH short of becoming a category 5 hurricane. She is tied in first place with the Last Island hurricane of 1856 as the strongest storm to hit Louisiana. When it comes to wind speed, only four storms in recorded history were stronger than Laura when making landfall in the continental U.S.

If you don't know what a hurricane of that strength will do, read on.

Whole roofs were ripped from their buildings as the storm raged through. Entire buildings collapsed to the ground in piles of debris in a few short moments. Power lines snapped and utility poles were effortlessly laid to the ground. Birds, kittens, and other creatures lay dead in yards. 911 lines ran unceasingly with cries for help, but no help could respond in such conditions. 

Friends from out of the area have asked how bad the damage was from Hurricane Laura. Words can absolutely NOT describe the level of damage this area has sustained. I would estimate that 80 to 90% of all the structures within the 47 square miles of city and the surrounding areas have sustained some type of damage.

Amid this devastation, I found myself believing in God more than ever. The humbled residents carried a hope and a love within them that was undeniable. They often spoke of our presence being proof that God can hear their cries for help. I do believe God called us to help our neighbors in need...not just those who deployed to lake Charles...ALL of us. We must spread the word that people in Lake Charles, Louisiana are hungry, homeless, and feel abandoned. We must do whatever is in our power to help these people. We must DO THE MOST GOOD. 
-Bethany Westoby
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