This Time It’s
Eric Arens, a member of The
Krewe of Shamrock, joined The Krewe Kares Council to help the people of Mississippi ravaged by Hurricane
During the days and weeks as
he gathered supplies and ferried them to Angels Flight Southeast, it was for nameless strangers…just fellow
Americans in need.
Hurricane Wilma made it
Eric’s mother was in the
path of destruction.
Unable to reach her by
phone, he decided to go to Deerfield Beach and bring her back to Tampa.
“The devastation was
unbelievable,” he said.
“Luckily, I had two donated
generators and a chainsaw with me.”
“I used the chainsaw to
clear downed trees from my mother’s street, so that emergency services could get to the elderly people there.
“I left it with the people
still there, so they could begin cleaning up.”
“One of the generators is
providing power to a house with 10 people in it, one of them on oxygen.”
“So I know Krewes Kare has
saved at least one life.”
“The other generator is
supplying power to 4 condo units for elderly people.”
When asked about how bad it
was, he stated, “The pictures on the news give you no idea of the scope of the damage. “
“It looks as bad as anything
I’ve seen from Katrina.”
“It will be weeks, if not
months before they get back to anywhere near normal.”
We Need Your
Krewes Kare and Angels
Flight Southeast have expanded their mission to help fellow Floridians hit hard by Hurricane
“We need the help of the
entire community,” says Yvonne Painton, Chair of Krewe Kares Council. “It could have just as easily been us.”
On Saturday, October 29,
many members of bay areas’ 57 Krewes will be at Kuhn Honda Volkswagen, 3900 W. Kennedy Blvd., from Noon to 5p.m.
to collect items for the relief effort. Some will be in costume and
handing out beads.
Kuhn Honda Volkswagen has
graciously donated space and will provide refreshments.
Look for the pirate
Items needed include tarps,
chainsaws (commercial-grade),personal hygiene products, tools, and bedding supplies.
For a more detailed list go
to the Krewes Kare website at www.kreweskare.org.
Come help your fellow
Floridians and fellow Americans.
For further information,
contact IKC Chair-Elect Xxxxx Xxxxx at 813.xxx-xxxx firstname.lastname@example.org or IKC Outgoing Chair Xxxxx Xxxxxxx at