THIS CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN CLOSED
Organized by: Mark Cole
Pictures taken inside the house, water got higher after these were taken.
September 10, 2016
EVENT DATE Aug 12, 2016
My husband and I have been raising four of our grandchildren, one moved out and is in college pursuing her dreams. However, we are still raising her three younger brothers (ages 12, 9 and 5 years). The two oldest boys father is deceased and the younger one has never had his father in of his life. All three children were home with me, husband (Mark Cole) was offshore the morning of the flood. I had them get ready for school, fed them breakfast as it was storming outside. I kept a watchful eye out the front of the house thinking the water would surely go down, but it never did. I gave a mop and bucket to the two oldest boys telling them to get ready to mop up any water that MAY come in. We moved in this house after Hurricane Katrina hit our home in New Orleans. Little did I know, the water rose fast, way to fast for us to mop up. The little 5 year old had to be picked up and placed on the bar stool because he was scared, not that the rest of us weren't. The boys were looking at me for that secure/safe look when I, myself, was scared. The water was rushing in very fast and I was running around the house trying to save any belongings I could to no avail. We had to practically rebuild our lives from Katrina only to be hit by a tornado at this same house shortly after. Here we are again starting over with even less than the previous catastrophes. It's so hard to believe we lost just about everything we worked so hard for all our lives and at this point, especially raising our grandsons (we're all the family they have to care for them). We're taking it day by day trying to still make the boys feels that everything will be alright. They have always wanted stability and just to feel part of a normal "family" which they have never had with their mother or parents, sad to say. I would do that part all over again because they are our angels. Any help would be appreciated and a blessing to us all! Thank you!