May 21, 2013 11:30 PM by Erin Steuber

Lafayette Residents Helping Family, Friends in Oklahoma

For some in Acadiana, the tragedy unfolding in Oklahoma is hitting very close to home. Some are waiting for news on family and friends in the disaster zone. But rather than sitting and waiting, they are choosing to act and help in anyway they can.

"It's just mind blowing. It's kind of chilling to see something so terrible happen to a place where I know, and have been there, almost kind of grew up there," said Michelle DesOrmeaux.

Home for DesOrmeaux is Lafayette, but a home away from home is in Oklahoma where her family owns a ranch outside of Moore.

"When we were younger we spent a good bit of my childhood up there for holidays and the summers," said DesOrmeaux. "I have family still living up there, and I guess Oklahoma is just very close to heart."

DesOrmeaux's family is still living outside of Moore and are thankfully safe, but several family friends lost everything. On Saturday, DesOrmeaux will be hosting a clothing and donation drive for the victims of the storm.

"If we all stick together we can always help each other," said DesOrmeaux. "If we come together as one we can do many things and get further."

The donation drive will be held at the Winn-Wood Shopping Center (2946 Johnston Street) in Lafayette Saturday, May 25 from 10 am until 2 pm. They are asking people to donate clothing of all sizes.


(Image: Courtesy Michelle DisOrmeaux.)

(Pictured: The Elk Family, Moore, OK. They lost everything in the tornadoes.)

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