Rotarians help community recover from Ida

'The flowers are what drew tears'

After Hurricane Ida knocked the community to the ground, Tim McNabb is trying to help pick it back up.  

The Rotary of Downtown Houma past president mobilized a team of Rotarians from other clubs and parishes and volunteers to distribute food, water, ice, and cleaning supplies to Terrebonne and Lafourche. The group distributed over 1,200 meals from organizations like the Cajun Navy, Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, and others. 

“It feels uplifting every time we go out there and do this,” McNabb said. “Rotary is a part of it, but we also have some great community people here. I’ve got people who aren’t even in Rotary who saw what we were doing and jumped in to help cook, plate, and deliver. It was just amazing seeing all the people who wanted to help.”  

“We’ve been to all the bayous,” McNabb said. “I don’t care which subdivision you live in, everybody has some sort of damage. You’re used to helping people less fortunate, but you’re not used to seeing people in Cadillacs and Escalades pulling up and asking for hot meals. We had to realize even people with Cadillacs had holes in the roofs and couldn’t get food.” 

“One of the most touching moments was when we had children out there helping us give the flowers out,” McNabb said. “The flowers are what drew tears, happiness, and joy. It was amazing to see grown men with tears in their eyes when they brought flowers back to their wives. We realized we weren’t only just feeding people. We were filling their hearts too. A lot of these people just want to know that somebody cared about them.” 

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