Mother and daughter paint and sell fence boards to raise money for the community

Bailey Windmann recently rode her bicycle to deliver a fence post to a neighbor.

What started as a way for one local mother and daughter duo to spend time together after Hurricane Ida has become a way for the two to raise money for storm victims.

Destrehan resident Ellen Huguenel Windmann said she’s always loved and participated in art.

“With the storm and not having power or internet there was really nothing to do, but we had fence boards that were down in our yard so I picked some that we had and started painting them with my daughter,” Ellen said. “I made a couple for the neighbors just as little pick me up and one for a friend in St. Rose … it was like therapy.”

Ellen and Bailey Windmann

Ellen said she and her 9-year-old daughter Bailey had fun designing the boards together and delivering them to people. With Bailey out of school and unable to participate in her extra-curriculars like theater and dance, Ellen said the activity of painting was something that they enjoyed doing together.

“I’ve tried to make the most of the time with her,” Ellen said. “Just to turn the negative into something positive and fun. It gave us something fun to do. Painting was a good outlet for us.”

The duo is now turning their activity into a fundraiser for the community. Ellen said a portion of the proceeds from each $25 painted fence post sold will be donated back to the community to help fund art programs.

To purchase a post, Venmo Ellen at Ellen-Windmann. The last four digits are 2512, and include “fence post fundraiser” with your email or contact information with payment. Pick up is in Destrehan, but Ellen said people can message her on Facebook if they are interested in getting one shipped.

“If you don’t want it to be my fence board, feel free to drop off your own and I’ll paint it,” she said. “Hopefully Bailey remembers this as a positive thing we did during Ida.”


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Roth has both her undergraduate and graduate degree in journalism, which she has utilized in the past as an instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University and a reporter at various newspapers and online publications. She grew up in LaPlace, where she currently resides with her husband and three daughters.

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