Parish employees organize fundraiser to support coworker

Jessie Wallace

 

When friends and coworkers at the Natchitoches Parish Courthouse realized that Custodian Jessie Wallace’s recovery from a May 31 surgery would keep him from work for a few months, they decided to come together to support him.

A burger lunch fundraiser will be held Friday, June 1 from 11 am – 2 pm at the corner of Church and Third Street. Meals are $7 and include a burger/cheese burger, chips, a cookie and a bottle of water. Orders of 5 or more can be delivered.

It’s an effort from every agency in the Courthouse. Employees will volunteer their time, rotating out with leave slips to sell lunches.

“We’re coming together to help out friend who we felt could use a little bit of extra help,” said Parish Treasurer Debbie Miley.

Doctors visits have already sucked up all of Wallace’s leave time, so the funds gathered by his coworkers will help with living expenses, doctors bills and anything else he needs to take care of while he’s recuperating.

“He’s an excellent coworker and an all around good guy,” said Winston Bridges, Parish maintenance supervisor and Wallace’s immediate supervisor. “Wallace always steps to the forefront for everything and he’d absolutely do the same for us.”

For more information or to place orders call Rosalind Lacour at 318-238-9241, Selia Miles at 318-332-4732, Cathy Creamer at 318-332-7762, Annette Bryant at 318-352-5936, or Sheryl Fredrick at 318-471-0341.

“It feels wonderful to have so many people looking out for my well being,” said Wallace. “I think Jesus has blessed me with such wonderful coworkers.”