Ice, Water and Food Distributed by The Louisiana National Guard

Twenty-seven soldiers from Natchitoches’ Army National Guard Unit, the A/2-108 Cav, were joined by 2 airmen from the Louisiana Air National Guard’s 159th Fighter Wing Sunday, August 30 in distributing several tractor trailer loads of ice, water and meals, ready to eat (MREs) at Lakeview High School. Deputies from the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office were also on hand.

Many parts of our parish are still without power, some rural areas have neither power nor running water due to Hurricane Laura’s damage. Louisiana’s summertime temperatures are rapidly turning this situation from an uncomfortable, to a dangerous situation. Water, ice and food that can be eaten without needing to be cooked, and that does not spoil without refrigeration, are making a real difference in the lives of our residents who are patiently awaiting the restoration of utilities.

The Natchitoches Parish Journal would like to take this opportunity to thank the citizen soldiers of the Louisiana Army and Air National Guard. In peace and in war, they and their fellow soldiers and airmen from the other states represent the best this nation has to offer. They are the kind of men and women you can rely upon. As Sir Winston Churchill said: “The reservist is twice the citizen.”

13 thoughts on “Ice, Water and Food Distributed by The Louisiana National Guard

  1. Or those of us who can’t drive – with a car issue. With covid-19, not a lot of people are willing to give a ride to someone. I lost everything in my fridge and freezer and for me, that’s a knock out blow. I’ve been eating crackers and cold soup for 4 days. Im so weak at this point I couldn’t walk to a distribution center if it was at the end of my block. I was seriously ill for weeks before the hurricane even happened.

      • We have two people that live here. We haven’t had power since wed night. Anything will be greatly appreciated. My address is. 4195 University Parkway. Natchitoches La. 71457. 318-581-7692

      • I’ve been trying to reach the National Guard by phone, I want to ask about a specific need. None of the numbers are seeming to work. If you are not willing to post a number publicly, would you mind emailing me?

    • Where are you Beth? I may be able to help you if you tomorrow when I get back to town if you haven’t received help. Are you on Facebook or do you have email?

  2. Where can people still without power get ice and MRE’s right now in Natchitoches? I just talked to some folks that did not know about this and are in need of both now not tomorrow.

    • prayers for y’all. My time without power was unbelievably bad. I hope your situation has improved. No one should have to suffer like that.

  3. I am so thankful for the Natchitoches police for bringing me ice and MR e. And coming to my house to add gas for a generator when it ran out. I have 1 leg and can’t drive. Thank you so much for being there to help me out. Thank you military for also helping out.

  4. Not everyone know where Lakeview School is located nor have the transportation to get there.
    What about the folks in the Cane River area, Cloutierville, and Derry area.

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