Sunday, July 14 2019
Our goal is always to not have to 'float the boats" and we were Blessed to not to have to! Our Cajun Navy 2016 team is grateful that our communities were spared another devastating flood event. Many of our friends, family, and neighbors just finished rebuilding from the 2016 flood.
Our leadership teams can't possibly express how grateful and proud we are of our volunteers. Cajun Navy 2016 is its volunteers! With every deployment, our volunteer base grows. Please know that we are grateful for each of you that gives your time and resources to serve others whether in the field, at home, or through donations. If you are interested in volunteering please go to join_the_team
Recently we have been working to build relationships with other like-minded SAR groups to be more effective during deployments. This was our first run together and it was a welcome change, we were able to cover more areas together, which will certainly benefit our communities. Thank you Triton Relief Group and Lake Charles Cajun Navy! Together we will soon release more information on this new coalition, LACER, Louisiana Coalition for Emergency Response.
Our Northwest Division Director John Able was stationed in Jeanerette, LA. with Cajun Coast Search and Rescue, we have been working with this group since last year, they are a K-9 team that does amazing work finding the lost. thank you, Toney Wade, for trusting our teams.
We worked directly with authorities and had our new command unit set up with a team at the Baton Rouge Police headquarters ready to deploy. Our third team was in Denham Springs working directly with the Livingston Parish Sheriff"s Department and Fire District 4. We are here to assist authorities when needed, please remember in emergencies always call 911 first!
Cajun Navy 2016 has partnered with Christ's Community Church in Denham Springs, LA to serve our community. Thank you for opening your doors to house our volunteers your Heart to Serve is priceless. THIS IS CHURCH!
Please be in prayer for our volunteers today as some head home, while others work on animal rescues and debris cleanup as tornadoes move through our area.
We serve for His glory,
Cajun Navy 2016
If you would like to donate, please follow this link. https://cajunnavy2016.networkforgood.com/projects/77072-hurricane-season-preparedness
Sunday, July 07 2019
This was an experience that our Northwestern Division Leader John Able had during our Hurricane Florence deployment last year.
Short story time!
These may just look like 4 wrinkly $1 bills to most people, but to me, they are an example of people helping people, no matter what.
Early Friday morning, myself and our team left Lexington, South Carolina bound for Wilmington North Carolina. We had a convoy of about 15 trucks and boats. As we exited off the interstate in an unknown town to refuel, I noticed a small car was trying to merge over in front of me to make the exit. I let her over and proceeded to the gas station. Little did I know, the car in front of me was trying to get my attention. As we pulled up to the stop light just before the gas station, the lady, with 2 kids in the car, jumped out of her car and ran back to my window. I rolled the window down and in her hand were these dollar bills. She said, “I know it’s not much, but I want y’all to have it. Put it towards gas or snacks or whatever you may need it for. We appreciate everything y’all are doing for us!” Of course, I argued with her and told her to keep it but she wasn’t having it. She insisted that I take her last bit of cash that she had on her.
Thankfully, I had on a pair of sun glasses and Andy Vaughan couldn’t see the tears building up in my eyes. For people to know who we are and what we’re doing and wanting to help us sure helps restore my faith in humanity.
I didn’t use the 4 dollars. I folded them neatly and placed them in my center console. I’ll probably never use them. From now on, if my faith gets worn thin, I’ll have these 4 dollar bills to look back on. The Lord knew what he was doing when HE decided it was time for us to make a pit stop for gas.
To the lady with the 2 kids, I hope this makes it back to you some day. If it does, please get in touch with me. Until then, thank you for the generous donation. You are what makes Cajun Navy 2016 so special!
Please everybody, share this post and let’s see if we can find this lady.
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Saturday, July 06 2019
With Hurricane season among us once again we are prepared for whatever may come. The Cajun Navy doesn't just activate during historical flooding situations anymore. We also are an active Search and Rescue Team that looks for missing persons like elderly, autistic individuals, drowning victims etc. We have also been responding to Tornado Diasters, cutting up trees and moving debris. Last year while responding to Hurricane Micheal we were able to raise enough money to purchase some chain saws and pole saws and we have been using them a lot lately. Thank you for your continued support. God Bless!
Saturday, July 06 2019
We have exciting news!
Last year Lightbox a production company from London followed us to film our rescue and relief efforts. They did a wonderful job of documenting without interfering, sometimes even assisting. Our volunteers enjoyed interacting with the film crew, and we learned a few things too. It was an honor to be a part of this project. We hope it will inspire others!
Here's a short preview http://pic.twitter.com/n5uCSG8cPF
The Cajun Navy documentary will air July 23, 2019, at 9:00 pm CST
THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL