Addis family helping restoration crews, providing food and clean laundry

Hurricane Ida

ADDIS, La. (BRPROUD) – Out of state crews working to restore power across south Louisiana are getting help with necessities from an Addis family.

 The Hebert family wanted to help line workers because, “if these guys didn’t help us out, people could be without power for God knows how long,” said Mark Hebert.

As line men and women from all over the country work around the clock, Ryan Hebert spent her time lending a helping hand.

She said she wanted to help out to let workers know their effort did not go “unnoticed.”

Across south Louisiana, power is still being restored to over 600,000 customers.

Hebert said she saw a post in her Facebook group asking who wanted to help out and she decided to give it a go and wash laundry for the line workers who are helping restore electricity 

On Thursday, she spent 12 hours washing and drying dozens of loads of clothes for those working to restore power.

“After seeing the conditions of their clothes going into the washer machine it showed how hard they have been working,” said Hebert.

Outside their home, her husband Mark was also doing his part to help.

In a 900-pound smoker he built himself, he cooked food to provide the workers with a hot meal.

“We’ll load it up, go find these guys wherever they’re at. They need a good meal so that’s what we’re going to do to help these guys out,” said Hebert.

The family said they understand what it’s like to live life after a storm after seeing loved ones lose everything during Laura in 2020.

Now, they hope their small gestures are making a huge impact.

“God blessed us, the storm went east and missed us at our house so it that’s what we can do to serve, that’s what we’re going to do,” said Hebert.

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