TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Donna Elliott is aware of the private struggles and heartache of watching a beloved one dwell by a catastrophe.
For her, it is private — so she’s prepared to make use of her enterprise, the Sq. Mug Cafe in Tallahassee, to give again.
“Mainly, the motivation is from Hurricane Katrina,” Elliott mentioned. “My uncle lives in Vancleave, Mississippi, and I keep in mind being pissed off that I could not get again to him to take provides as a result of they weren’t permitting folks to journey there.
For her, donating cash wasn’t sufficient.
“It felt disconnected it did not really feel real,” she mentioned.
So when Hurricane Ida hit the Gulf Coast area final week, she was impressed to provide again.
“On Sunday morning, my first two prospects had been folks from Louisiana that had been right here to get away from the hurricane,” Elliott mentioned. “I believed, ‘These folks had been going to go residence. They do not know what they will go residence to.”
Elliott is not the one individual eager to help. Folks from all throughout Tallahassee have been dropping off provides from toiletries, canned items, and water on the cafe.
All the provides are set to go again to Louisiana with evacuees, like Sigmund Bloom.
“Since we have gotten to Tallahassee, all people has actually had the spirit of ‘let’s do no matter we are able to that will help you by these tough occasions,'” Bloom mentioned.
Bloom’s residence was fortunately unscathed by Ida. Nevertheless, it is at the moment with out energy. No energy means no air con in a metropolis that sweats humidity.
“I do know individuals who rode out the storm that left after due to no electrical energy (and) warmth,” Bloom mentioned. “There are few of any companies or emergency companies.”
This story was initially revealed by Dave Vogan on Scripps station WTXL in Tallahassee, Florida.