A Cajun Christmas in
comes to Louisiana
MARGARITA RAYCHEVA, The Saratogian 12/30/2005 read
Release: New York State Community
Action Association and Operation: A Cajun Christmas Join Together
to provide Relief to Victims of Hurricane Katrina this Holiday Season.
Convoy of Compassion to leave from Warehouse on Friday December
9, 2005 photos
Avenue kids donating toys
Elementary school students are collecting gifts for Louisiana children
affected by hurricanes
KENNETH C. CROWE II, Times Union 12/8/05 read
of compassion' The Lake Avenue Elementary School community
chipped in to help out people affected by hurricanes Rita and Katrina.
KEVIN GOODWIN, The Saratogian 12/3/05 read
look to help provide Cajun Christmas for storm victims
KEVIN GOODWIN, The Saratogian 10/29/2005 read
A Cajun Christmas Newsletter:
25, 2005 - Thank
13, 2005 - GREAT
24, 2005 - Happy
18, 2005 - The
7, 2005 - "Big
ticket item" for nursing home or children's ward
3, 2005 - Newsletter
- Sponsors, News, Gift Raising ideas & more
27, 2005 - Newsletter
- Delivery Date, Accomodations, and more
21, 2005 - Katrina
& Rita T-shirts to support A Cajun Christmas
17, 2005 - Newsletter
- Great idea’s for purchasing toys and gifts
14, 2005 - Newsletter
| Attached: What you can
do to help
Special letter from Mom Macie Sellers
all our friends of Operation Cajun Christmas,
of coastal Louisiana want to take this time to thank all involved
with Operation Cajun Christmas for all you are doing to bring Christmas
Coastal Louisiana has experienced an ordeal in our lives as never
before . Hurricane Rita was a little sister to Katrina but left
the entire coast from Vermilion Parish to the Texas state line with
thousands of families homeless and some with no jobs. The main industry
in coastal Louisiana is fishing, crawfish farming, crop farming,
and cattle farming. Farmers has loss their crops, crawfish farmers
will have no crawfish this year, shrimping is going to be bad due
to many have loss their boats and can not replace them. Cattle farmers
lost much of their cattle and the ones they were able to save they
are having problems to get feed and water to them. Hay has all been
damaged by the salt water and is very scarce around here. Families
have loss their homes and all they own.
all of this comes another problem. With Katrina washing out the
New Orleans area we had many evacuees living here in shelters and
motels/hotels leaving no place for our people to go after Rita came
our way. Families are now living with friends and family members
as best they can.
are proud and loving people who believe in helping one another and
that’s a blessing for us here in Louisiana. We as Cajuns don't
wait or expect that the government will come in and take care of
us, we believe we have to find a way and if and when the government
gets to us we will be happy. This makes me so proud of being Cajun
and from Louisiana.
school children are also suffering but with a smile. They are now
being bussed to schools in higher areas, and alternating days so
all are able to get through this school year. This means they have
to go 3 ten hour days one week and four ten hour days the next,
with school being held on Saturdays also.
I have received e-mails and had phone calls from those asking for
assistance to find a place for a sick relatives to stay. One family
had a loved one going through Chemotherapy and is need of place
to live. Rental homes or apartments are all filled.
2 weeks ago I had the honor to be able to have come to live with
my family my best friend and her family who all loss their homes
and all they own. She had been diagnosed with Ards Disease a few
years ago and fought one heck of a fight but her disease had now
progressed to last stage and Doctors could do no more for her. She
was in need of a place to live until her death . I brought them
home and her concern was what was her family going to do for Christmas
. I explained to her of the big event of Cajun Christmas Festival
and how hard everyone was working for us. Her face lit up like a
Christmas tree and she said " These people that never have
visited Louisiana before won't be able to see how beautiful our
homes are and neither our little Cajun towns but they will see people
with love and gratefulness as they have never seen before".
Unfortunately her stay with me was a short one, she died October
19th but her wish to die with her family at home was granted.
With so many people going through rough times now, having this Cajun
Christmas gives everyone something to look forward to with happiness.
If you plan to be a part of this event in Louisiana and you have
never visited here before, be prepared for lots of hugs, Thank You's
, and a big delicious bowl of a real Cajun Gumbo served with a side
dish of Cajun Potato Salad , and lots of love .
Once more I thank EVERYONE participating in this very special event
and especially Mark Bertrand and Aaron Gryder for getting this event
started. To all of you from all of us in Cajun Country " We
love you and God Bless you all "
Lets all join in and keep our friends in Florida in our hearts and
prayers that they will be safe after Wilma's visit.
God Bless ,
Glenda ( Mom Macie) Sellers