Hurricane & Flood Relief Efforts
The Foundation worked with Eatel, Houston Astros Foundation, and Crane Worldwide Logistics over the month of September, 2021 to get help to the people of Southeast Louisiana. The Astros Foundation and Crane Worldwide Logistics provided us 4 18-wheelers of food, water and supplies, meanwhile Eatel has been a huge factor in distributing the products with us on-the-ground. Since Hurricane Ida made landfall, we have distributed the 4 18-wheeler loads of non-perishable food, water, bleach, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, baby diapers, wipes, soaps, toiletries, dog and cat food, bug repellent, etc. to many areas of Southeast Louisiana. We have met with the communities below:
Larose, LA in Lafourche Parish where Eatel line crew employees and their families received supplies
St. John the Baptist Parish Emergency Operations Center and Sheriff's Office received 2 pallets of food for St. John Parish officials and employees
St. John the Baptist Parish Training Facility received 2 pallets of food towards distribution to the community and for the law enforcement staff
Terrebone General Medical Hospital in Houma received 20 pallets of baby products, diapers, baby wipes, bleach, detergent, soaps, food, and 3 pallets of water for the patients in their medical centers
St. Theresa of Avila Church in Gonzales received 2 pallets of toiletry and hygiene products, utensils, and other supplies
The destruction from Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana has impacted many cities and thousands of people. Feed the Relief, now the Kelly Gibson Foundation, was formed in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina with the mission to support those who were devastated by that disaster. Now, our goal is to do the same for those affected by natural disasters in our surrounding communities.
After Hurricane Harvey, the Kelly Gibson Foundation, along with our community partners, was able to give over $100,000 in gift cards to families and first-responders in need and to aid in the post-flood recovery process in Texas.
In the 2016 and 2017 floods in both Louisiana and Texas, first responders were on the front lines helping to evacuate those seeking shelter, medicine, food and water necessary to survive. While aiding others, many of these individuals experienced their own losses, and our assistance aided in their personal recovery. Because of the support and generosity of our volunteers, sponsors, proud partners, and other members of our local community, our foundation provided help after flood waters devastated Southeast Louisiana in 2016. We raised over $20,000 and distributed $100 Walmart gift cards directly to first responders and law enforcement personnel that were affected in Ascension, Tangipahoa, Livingston and East Baton Rouge parishes.
Kelly Gibson Foundation, formerly known as Feed the Relief, was founded by Kelly and Elizabeth Gibson in September of 2005 with the idea of providing necessary support for the front-line first responders to Hurricane Katrina. In the days and weeks following the distruction of the storm, Feed the Relief provided support to the Coast Guard, EMS personnel, police and fire departments, community centers, hospitals, and residents as they returned to their homes and rebuilt their community. Kelly and Elizabeth raised nearly $1 million and were able to give back to 50,000 first responders.