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Cajun Navy Foundation’s Natalie Buchholz is approaching her goal. On November 16, she plans to pack down her minivan with fruit to deliver to those in need in the Panama City area. So far, she has received $377 of her final $500 goal. After the upcoming trip, she won’t be traveling for a while. However, she is already planning her next mission, one that will take place closer to home.

“My goal is to take the fruit to a whole bunch of areas. In a couple of these places, people have lost all of their homes and they are living in tents in a field. I plan to work with a local distributor for fruit, and pack my minivan down with as much fruit as they can give me. Unfortunately, I’m going in for surgery in December, so that’s going to be my last trip – but I’m not giving up right there,” said Natalie.

Natalie recently found out that within the schools in the area where she lives, including in her own daughter’s class, there are new students who have moved there from Panama City. She plans to work with the local schools to make the relocated families feel a little more welcome.

“I’m putting together some items and some goodie bags, and seeing what the schools are doing to help with those relocated families. I’m just going to work with them and find out what they need. That way, I’m not traveling back and forth to Panama City but I’m still able to help right here where I live,” said Natalie.

Natalie first got the idea when her daughter came home from school, and told her that she had two new students in her class that had moved there from Panama City. She later found out that there were more families in a total of six nearby schools. Once she connects with the schools’ counselors, she will have a better idea of what the families need and how she can help.

“My goal is to make them feel a little bit more welcome in Mary Esther, Navarre, Ft. Walton Beach and any schools that will work with me. I’m going to try to do a little bit of research and see what information the schools can give me; and just let them know what my efforts are and that I’m here to help,” said Natalie.

Being a photographer, Natalie also wants to find a way to replace lost family pictures by donating her services in the near future.

“There are so many people that have just lost everything. I know I can’t take every single person’s picture to replace it, but I’m trying to figure out a way that I can work that in. Maybe in January I will be able to do some free photo shoots for the families that lost everything,” said Natalie.

To find out how you can help Cajun Navy Foundation, visit To donate to Natalie’s fundraiser, look for the Cajun Navy Foundation Fruit Lady Donations fundraiser on Facebook.