People in Bayou Gauche and the surrounding areas know just who to call when they need help – Cindy Dunn and Larry Verdin.
The couple of nearly 10 years has made a habit of helping – through poker runs, benefits, raffles or anything else that’s needed. The two were instrumental in Hurricane Ida relief as well.
“I always try to help people,” Dunn said. “We just did a benefit and a poker run for a guy that was born in Bayou Gauche and moved to Raceland. He’s 40 and he had a massive heart attack and they had to do a bypass … two weeks later he found out he needs a pacemaker. We just got together and asked people for donations and did an auction … it was a fun one because they had cake and they auctioned it and they smashed it on people’s faces.”
As unconventional as the fundraiser was, Dunn said it worked.
“One slice went for $1,000,” she said laughing.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Ida Verdin and Dunn were able to locally distribute diapers, formula, wipes and other baby essentials through family that they had in Mississippi. It was their pleasure to help, Dunn said.
“Cindy and Larry were my first friends when I moved to St Charles Parish,” Mende Ford said. “Seeing their love and passion for our community is inspiring and admirable. I am proud to call them friends and family.”