John Fayard remembers.
His company, Fayard Moving and Warehousing, responds when disaster strikes. Hurricane Harvey is no exception.
A Fayard truck will be parked Monday and Tuesday in the Island View Casino Resort parking lot at U.S. 90 and 30th Avenue to collect canned goods and other supplies headed for Texas. Those who want to donate can drop off supplies between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
“So many people were so good to us during Katrina, it's nice to give back to others in need,” Fayard said. He sent trucks after the floods in Baton Rouge and after Hurricane Sandy in the northeast.
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After Hurricane Katrina, 12 years ago Tuesday, relief poured into the Coast.
Fayard remembers one act of kindness in particular. The church of a friend in Nashville took up a collection and sent a $59,000 check for the Fayard family. Fayard instead distributed the money among employees whose homes the hurricane devastated.
Fayard’s business locations fared pretty well, although one storage location was hit by a tornado. His own family had four homes that flooded in the same neighborhood off Bayou Bernard.
He’s been watching the news out of Houston and surrounding areas.
“We understand what these people are going through,” Fayard said. “We always try to participate every way we can. Those poor people in Houston, they've just got a doggone mess out there, to say the least.”
The city of Gulfport is helping coordinate relief efforts. City spokesman Chris Vignes said donated supplies will assist Operation BBQ Relief.
Gulfport resident James Edward Bates, a former Sun Herald photographer, posted about the relief effort on Facebook. Bates, who is planning to cook pork butts , also took a barbecue team to Hammond after the flooding.
Bates said his group will set up a cook site so that first responders, volunteers and flood victims can pick up meals and take them into the community.
“We need 200 pork butts today,” he said Monday morning. Bates can be contact through his Facebook page.
In Hammond, the group served 313,000 meals in two weeks. He expects the operation will be feeding even more people around Houston.
Details on donations
The city of Gulfport is helping coordinate relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey. City spokesman Chris Vignes provided the following information for those who want to contribute cleaning supplies and canned goods shipping out in a few days in Fayard Moving and Warehousing trucks.
Donations will assist Operation BBQ Relief in the Houston area.
- Fayard Moving and Warehousing truck, Island View Casino Resort parking lot, U.S. 90, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. until the truck is filled Tuesday. Another day could be added;
- Compton & Son Appliance, Gulfport;
- Borguezon Custom Granite & Flooring, Pass Christian;
- J.Carter & Co. Real Estate and Development, downtown Gulfport.
No. 10 cans (large only) of corn, green beans, baked beans, mixed vegetables, peaches, fruit cocktail, styrofoam food containers, plastic utensil sets, bottled water, cleaning supplies, powder-free gloves for serving, large aluminum pans and lids (no smalls).