Because of you...
We helped feed 1500 Texans!
Last week, Solidarity Maryland traveled to Orange, Texas, smack dab in the heart of Cajun country, to deliver much needed supplies to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. We ended up meeting with a group of local volunteers who set up a pop up kitchen in the parking lot of a VFW to feed locals. Most of the area had been flooded by Harvey and kitchens were unusable, making residents rely on fast and cold food for their meals. This pop up kitchen feeds up to 1500 residents, relief workers and laborers each day! From noon until the food runs out, usually around 8p, they serve Cajun classics such as red beans and rice and jambalaya. On the day we were there, they were serving up over a dozen donated pork roasts which had been smoked for over 12 hours.
Our crew stayed at the kitchen for most of the day and helped serve. We met people from all over Orange who were grateful for the hot meal. Their stories were heartbreaking, each of them. People who had lost everything and were just trying to rebuild. From what we were told, neither FEMA nor the Red Cross had been there yet, over three weeks after the hurricane hit.
Thanks to generous donors, we were able to take a van full of supplies including: 20 extension cords, over 2 dozen gallons of mold killer, a case of batteries, 50 cases of water, 2 cases of dog, cat and bird food, paper towels, hygiene items, gasoline, shop towels, coloring books and crayons and 7 bushels of Maryland grown onions!! The onions were a big hit in Cajun country!
Thank you again to all of our supporters! Together, we made sure Maryland stood in solidarity with Texas!
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