A ray of sunshine for children in Lake Charles, Louisiana still trying to clean up after Hurricane Laura, even as another hurricane is bearing down on the coast.
News Talk 830 WCCO’s Sheletta Brundidge lost five family members in Hurricane Laura, and wanted to do something to help the community.
“I knew that I didn’t have much, but I had my books,” she told Cory Hepola on WCCO Radio.
She decided to pack up her new RV, and drive copies of her book, “Cameron Goes to School” which is about her own daughter who has autism to Lake Charles.
During the interview with Cory, her publisher Lily Coyle at Beaver’s Pond Press called in to the show to say she too wanted to donate books.
Another surprise, just moments after hearing there would be more books donated, another caller.
Amanda Molstad from Manhattan Toys in Minnetonka was listening to the interview and called in to say they company would be willing to donate 500 toys to the children.
“Oh my gosh,” Sheletta could not believe it as she started to cry. “Please tell everyone thank you.”
The library in Lake Charles was badly damaged in the hurricane, and still the children kept coming,” I just spoke with the librarian and she said the kids keep coming to the library, but it’s closed.” She hopes the books and the toys can bring some joy into the lives of young people struggling to rebuild.