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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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Coach O Committee continues to help local folks in need

Coach O Committee continues to help local folks in need

Funds raised from the very successful Coach “O” Day held this past February 17th continue to be used to help people who need assistance in the South Lafourche/Grand Isle area.

LSU head football coach, and Larose native, Ed “BaBa” Orgeron, told members of the organizing committee to use any profits made from the banquet to be given to local charities. He said, “I want to help the poor, the sick, and the hungry in our area”.

After sharing $10,000 with the Larose Civic Center for their help in making the Coach “O” Day such a great success, $30,000 was distributed to local churches and non-profit organizations.

This summer, the Coach “O” Committee learned that Gilbert and Manny Bellanger of Golden Meadow lost their home and all possessions in a fire. There was no fire insurance on the home.

After gathering all the facts and information on this incident, the committee met and agreed to donate $1,000 to the Bellangers. Any contributions can be sent to Gilbert Bellanger, 182 Rue Pouche Vide, Golden Meadow, LA 70357.

In May, Grand Isle received 5 inches of rain in one hour. The island suffered severe flooding especially in the campground where SFC (Retired) Gary Robinson was living. Gary is a disabled American veteran of the Iraq war. He is a member of the Wounded War veteran’s organization and has endured many surgeries since the war where he was injured in a bomb explosion. He is totally disabled and can never work again because of his injuries.

Gary also does what he can to help support his three grandsons because his 28-year old son has recently become completely blind.

During the flood, Gary Robinson took it upon himself to move all the tourist campers out before himself. By waiting, Gary lost his own camper and his personal truck. Dean Blanchard had to come pull him out with his large truck. Due to the fact of gap insurance not in effect, he was left with nothing. A cooking crew from Grand Isle held a supper to help Gary and raised $300.

The plight of Gary Robinson was made known to the Coach “O” Committee, and after gaining all the information, a donation of $1,000 has been made to him. Anyone interested in helping this disabled veteran can send their contribution to Gary Robinson, P.O. Box 105, Grand Isle, LA 70358.

Coach “O” has expressed his sincere appreciation to the committee for helping local citizens who have fallen on tough times. Now, let's watch LSU win a few football games … GEAUX TIGERS!!!