Bayou Gauche resident Lisa Gendron DeJean said the outpouring of support she’s received since posting about her sister’s group home on Facebook has been amazing.
“It’s been overwhelming,” DeJean said about the donations. “I have about 10 places I need to go pick up supplies from tomorrow.”
DeJean posted on her Facebook page this week that she would collect items for her sister Chrissy Gendron and other residents of the Magnolia Community Services home where she lives if anyone was interested in contributing. Magnolia Community Services is a private 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing support to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
“They have two group homes that received significant damage and clients are spread out in other homes,” DeJean wrote on Facebook. “They are in need of games and puzzles to keep the clients active and engaged. They are asking for adult jigsaw puzzles and art supplies (construction paper, white paper, markers, paint, crayons, colored pencils, scissors, glue, etc…). If you live in St Charles Parish, I will be happy to pick up your donations. Or you can Venmo me (@Lisa-DeJean-1) a monetary donation and I can purchase items. Thank you for your consideration. Magnolia Community Services does wonderful work and I am fortunate my sister is in their care.”
DeJean said she’s received money and will be picking up supplies this week from people in the community. She added that Magnolia Community Services personnel would be compiling an Amazon wish list for the residents and that she would post it on her Facebook page as soon as it was complete.
“St. Charles Parish is absolutely amazing,” DeJean said. “The people never cease to amaze me in their generosity. People just have a good heart. I’m so proud to live here in St. Charles Parish. It’s amazing … the heart that people have.”