BAMM and Partners provide grant to Hurricane Ida survivors
NEW ORLEANS, LA - BAMM Cares Corporation, in partnership with Metairie Bank and Trust, Greater Image, Can i Kick It?, and BAMM Network, granted the first recipient of the BAMM Cares Hurricane Ida Recovery Fund with $2,500 and customized clothing, just in time for Christmas!
The recovery fund was formed to assist survivors of Hurricane Ida, which ravaged through parts of Louisiana last August. When the deadly and destructive Category 4 storm made landfall, Shawanda Alexander and her family of 9 were living under one roof in LaPlace, Louisiana. The family did not evacuate because Shawanda’s granddaughter was suffering from COVID-19.
Shawanda, along with her three adult children, four young grandchildren, and teenage niece were stuck in their home for three days without help. The kids slept in the attic while Shawanda watched the water rise in their home. After the water receded, they evacuated to Texas, but when they arrived back home, their landlord had discarded all of their belongings, including Shawanda’s deceased brother’s ashes. The family was homeless and had nothing but the clothes on their backs. Some of their family and friends desired to temporarily house them, but it wasn't possible to accommodate the large family of nine. Shawanda and her family often slept in their car and traveled from hotel to hotel until finally finding another home to rent a few weeks ago, but they’re still in need of assistance as they continue to recover. — 𝐻𝑂𝑊 𝑇𝑂 𝐺𝐼𝑉𝐸 —
If you'd like to give to the Hurricane Ida Recovery Fund, visit www.BAMMCares.org to donate! Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this fund!