Recovery Coalition learns donations, volunteers continue to offer assistance

By: Paul Kedinger

The outpouring of donations and volunteers willing to assist victims of Rayne’s March 5 tornado was very Tuesday morning during a meeting of Rayne’s Long-Term Recovery Coalition.

Cheryl Richard reported a recent telephone call from a lady expressing her concern and desire to help though her health made it impossible to offer physical help.

Within days, the lady, who wishes to remain anonymous, mailed a check for $6,000.

Other recent donations have increased the Coalition’s disaster fund to $19,964.31, reported Treasurer Kerry Stutes.

Richard also reported she has been contacted by Feed The Children, which wishes to provide food and personal care items for 400 local families. Details of the effort will be announced later.

She also remarked, “We’re seeing wonderful things happening with volunteers” who are willing to provide their own transportation and daily needs.

The Unmet Needs Committee has authorized three cases presented to its members by Case Manager Rhonda Trahan, including materials used to refurbish a donated house for the Michael Carter family and appliances for two other families.

Trahan reported she currently has 39 active cases.

Chad Landry, grand knight of Knights of Columbus Council 1897, reported a seven-member steering committee has been appointed to oversee the distribution of donations collected during the Musique Relief benefit concert on, May 15.

Though the local service representative will close the office of Small Business Administration (SBA) on Thursday night at 5:30 p.m., homeowners, renters and businesses can still apply for low-interest federal loans by calling 1-800-659-2955 or emailing

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at

The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is July 18, 2011. The deadline to return economic injury applications is February 17, 2012.

Brian Mouton reported Rayne Disaster Relief, Inc., sponsors of “Musical Extravaganza” on Sunday, June 5, “are on target” of reaching their goal of raising $15,000 to aid tornado victims.

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