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I was born and raised in Wilmington, and I have spent my adult life in Hampstead. Both New Hanover and Pender Counties are my home. This time I consider myself one of the lucky ones. I can still find comfort in the familiarity of coming home. I can come and go as I please, I have my family here with me, and my life is still intact. For some of us, Florence came and went, and she will eventually become a distant memory.

At the same time, I don’t have to look far to see my neighbors, friends and those I know and love facing challenges with no end in sight. I want to help, so deeply that I can feel it in the pit of my stomach. We all want to help, but we question whether just one person can make a difference. What can I do when I am surrounded by such enormous needs?

Then I heard that the Cajun Navy Foundation was on the way, and it gave me a sense of relief. They were there on the scene, showing compassion and eager to help with every kind of need. Their idea of citizen-led relief is exactly what our devastated community needed. They helped bring organization to the chaos and let us know that someone cares.

I heard story after story – the rescues executed, the long list of needs being met, and the many hearts being touched. For many people in our area, the disaster isn’t over. The rescue phase may be coming to an end, but the Cajun Navy Foundation volunteers continue to work around the clock to provide basic shelter and hygiene necessities.

The Cajun Navy Foundation is not just a group. It consists of people; people just like you and me. There is strength in numbers. None of us has all the answers or can meet all the needs individually. However, each one of us can do something. We all have talents, skills, abilities and resources that the Cajun Navy Foundation needs. Let’s all start where we are and do something to help. Please consider becoming a volunteer and help answer someone’s prayers.