Illinois Church Gave Hurricane Aid in '05, Gets Tornado Aid

Mar 5, 2012

Organizers of a southwest Louisiana drive to help tornado-stricken Harrisburg, Illinois, says four pickup-and-trailer loads of goods delivered over the weekend are just a partial return for help after Hurricane Rita in 2005.  Phil Thibodeaux of Lake Arthur says a tractor-trailer load of supplies will probably leave nearby Lake Charles about midweek, and Lafayette-area residents are also collecting a lot of goods.  Strong storms and a tornado hit Harrisburg Wednesday, killing six people and injuring about 100.  Thibodeaux says the relationship between the two communities began when Lake Arthur residents met the pastor of Harrisburg’s Little Chapel Church and members of its church band before Hurricane Rita while tailgating at a Talladega, Alabama NASCAR race.