After 11 years, the scar left by Katrina still shows on the land and lives she rampaged through.
We talk of pre-K and post-K. Waterlines and headstones give physical form to the emotions that seem impossibly fresh for a disaster that happened over a decade ago.
But bobbing above the surface of those dark memories are the faces of those that gave a hand up when we needed it most. The people that brought food and donated clothes. People that did so much for families they never knew.
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When Felicia Ganci was in high school, someone, she doesn’t know who, donated backpacks full of supplies to help her and her schoolmates get a little bit of normalcy back in their flood-ravaged lives.
And this kindness has stayed with her.
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So when 9.6 trillion gallons of rain fell on Louisiana in one week, submerging areas with almost no history of flooding, those memories floated to the surface. She began reaching out to people in her med-school program at Ochsner, to people at The Republic where she works, to her social networks and her friends – asking for help buying and filling backpacks with supplies.
A few days later she showed up at our front door with 51 backpacks full of school supplies, her car loaded nearly to the roof.
We asked her what made her do all this, why she took the time between making her rounds in med school and working a job that extended into the early hours of the morning, she just shrugged and said “I remember people doing it for me when I was in high school. I just wanted to help.”
Maybe it’s best that these scars will never heal, that we remember, and live stronger lives because of them.
Thank you, Felicia.