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Monica and her children Dylan, Shelby, and Abby received new shoes, books, and toys from World Vision at Lafitte's Day of Caring.

When Hurricane Isaac headed toward Lafitte, Louisiana, in late August 2012, Monica Gisclair and her three children—Dylan, Abby, and Shelby—evacuated to the nearby community of Marrero. Isaac wreaked $4,000 worth of damage to their home. With Monica's husband working in Texas, she had to depend on help from co-workers and her church family.

"We were so scared," Dylan said when asked what it was like riding out the hurricane.

To help the community recover and catch its breath, World Vision partnered with the city of Lafitte, corporations, and local churches to provide essential items to children and families at the Lafitte Day of Caring on December 15.

Children received new shoes, books, and toys. World Vision also gave out family food kits. A mobile trailer featured awesome video games. About 100 volunteers served more than 800 children.

Abby celebrates receiving a fun game and new shoes.

Dylan, wearing his new shoes, was a boy with a skip in his step on the sunny Saturday in December. His sister, Abby, said that her other shoes were broken. She was so happy to get new ones.

The Gisclair family was fortunate to have flood insurance. But when Monica was asked how it has been for her family since the hurricane hit, she paused. Taking a deep breath, she answered in one word: "Hard."

Unlike the Gisclairs, some of those attending the Lafitte Day of Caring did not have flood insurance. The cost of repairs hit them hard. The already struggling economy made it difficult for families to afford some of the basics.

Lafitte Mayor Tim Kerner explained that even though nice homes are in the area, things have not been the same for the local shrimping and fishing industry, which was still economically challenged as a result of the BP oil spill in 2010.

 


Shelby with her new shoes and toy.

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