Mayor of Kenner, Recognizes BAPS CARE International Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts
One of the most dramatic illustrations of nature's force came to light once again as the Category 5 Hurricane Katrina devastated the Southern United States of America. With whole communities wiped out and a large death toll, Katrina is now described as possibly the worst natural disaster to strike the United States. BAPS Care International launched its relief efforts immediately on 29th August 2005, the day Katrina came in towards land from the sea, and continued till much later to expand the breadth and depth of its relief operations in the hurricane stricken zones along the Gulf Coast.
From relief centers in Houston TX, Jackson, Biloxi and Harrisburg MS, BAPS Care International dispatched volunteer teams to provide aid in the Mississippi towns of Gulfport, Waveland and Bay Saint Louise. Volunteers were also sent to the Louisiana towns of Kenner and Baton Rouge. At the George R. Brown convention center, The Houston Food Bank and other relief centers in Houston and Sugar Land, BAPS Care volunteers actively provided relief assistance and medical services. Many centers like Jackson MS and Kenner LA benefited.
Impressed by the relief efforts of BAPS Care International, the Mayor of Kenner LA issued a special permit so volunteers could start providing immediate relief. “Kenner still needs assistance with food and water;” explained BAPS Care volunteer, Ashok Patel, “to ensure this is maintained, and we can continue to help the victims in Kenner.” A relief kitchen was set up to provide a variety of cooked meals like macaroni cheese, spaghetti, rice, curries, and pasta for over a thousand people, in addition to distributing basic household items, bottled drinking water and food packets. Two hot meals per day were served to over 1,500 people for many days in Kenner.
Support – Daily Provisions
In addition to providing hot food and support to the victims of the disaster, BAPS Care International also addressed the lack of basic everyday necessities by distributing emergency supplies of toiletries, medicines, cooking utensils, disposable kitchenware items (plates, knives and spatulas), and over 15 grocery items including milk, biscuits, sugar, salt and cooking oil.
This was not all – after the immediate rescue and the initial relief for the survivors came the realization of the damage and depression at their loss. BAPS Care extended their help for all at this juncture too.
Support - Accommodation
“Thank you so very
much for your commitment to service. Please let all of the volunteers
at BAPS know how proud I am of their commitment to their fellow man.
They make me so very proud”
your generosity. You have been a lifeline…”
“First to offer
hot meals in the New Orleans metropolitan area”