BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A trail of destruction is left behind for many southeast Louisiana families just days before Christmas. On Wednesday, multiple tornadoes left families and businesses with nothing.

The President of the United Cajun Navy, Todd Terrell, and his team are delivering trucks full of donations to New Iberia and across the New Orleans area. Their efforts began Wednesday by helping cook for emergency responders and assisting parish officials.

“The kids don’t understand, they’re not going to have Christmas,” said Terrell.

The United Cajun Navy is facing its own challenges. The holiday season is already busy for them, but now, they have another challenge on their hands.

“Last year this time we were dealing with a similar situation in Kentucky,” said Terrell. The difference between Kentucky and here is that this is our backyard. A lot of our volunteers, family, and friends were affected. It takes away from a lot of our volunteers.”

Ed Bush is with the local Red Cross chapter. He has boots on the ground assessing the damages. Bush says he’s also in need of volunteers. For him, a December storm is not something the state is used to.

“It made me sad because it’s Christmas,” said Bush. “My very first thought was no rest for the weary. You would think in the cards, Louisiana would get a pass and not have to worry about tornadoes.”

The United Cajun Navy is asking for the following donations:

  • Items for babies like diapers and formula
  • Tarps
  • Blankets
  • Socks

“To our donors out there, please allow us to keep continue to do this service and provide this service to people,” said Bush.

“If the storm didn’t hit you, just help, pray, make a financial donation,” said Terrell.

Those who would like to donate or volunteer with Red Cross can visit here.