Free meals, cleaning supplies, groceries and more were available to veterans and community members when VFW Post 3750 West St. Charles partnered with other businesses and agencies on Sept. 18.
“Thanks to all who helped make today a successful distribution of relief funds for VFW members, relief items for the community, lunch for community and VFW members,” Bobby Lovergne, the past department commander and current department member chairman, said Saturday. “This could not have been possible without the generous donations from Harley Davidson of New Orleans, Blaine Guillot, Mark Williams and the Posts who donated the supplies to be given out. Kudos to Hahnville High Schools AFJROTC cadets who assisted with the cleanup of the post and helping individuals as they came in for supplies.”
Lovergne said St. Charles Parish President Matthew Jewell was instrumental in communicating with Entergy so that the Post’s building could have power for the event, and that St. Charles Parish Councilwoman Holly Luttrell Fonseca attended the giveaway and talked to residents.
Monty Parr, Perry Muller, Craig Broussard Jr. and others prepared the meal, and VFW Department of Louisiana Commander Tim Sloan, Dept. Quartermaster Precilla Wilkewitz, Depts Secretary Tori LeBlanc and others assisted veterans during the event.
Lovergne said the Post did not escape damage from Hurricane Ida, and that some repairs have been made while others have to wait until insurance processes are complete.
The Aaron Foret dance scheduled for this week has been cancelled, but Lovergne said the Halloween dance scheduled for Oct. 24 is still on and that he and others are working hard to make sure other events – like the weekly cornhole tournaments – can start happening as soon as possible.
“We’re just working on getting everything back to normal,” he said.