Three volunteers receive help from Ohio, Lake Charles

Published 8:19 am Saturday, October 7, 2017

By Dawn Burleigh

The Orange Leader


Three woman, all business owners, saw a need to help the community rebuild after the devastating rains of Hurricane Harvey.

Using social media and networking, the women have helped bring truckloads of supplies to the area for distribution.

Denice Cox, a foster mother, had reached out to people to help aid Orange County with a hand up. Using Facebook Live, she would suggest items the residents in the area needed to recover from the unprecedented rains Harvey left in its wake after stalling over the county on August 30.

Cox, along with Misti Bornholdt-Winder and Joy Jacob, all local business owners, staged the items for distribution at the Long’s Warehouse building in Orange.

Jacob recently purchased the building to convert to an event center. Jacob lost two of her three companies due to Harvey.

On Wednesday, 18-wheelers arrived with more donations from Ohio and the Cajun Navy in Lake Charles.

The three have also teamed up with company which is equipped with volunteers to help rebuild the area.

“We have teamed up with a company who is equipped with a group of volunteers willing to come in (on their own dime) and help rebuild our area, FREE of Charge. To be eligible, there is important information and protocol that home owners must submit and follow:
An application must be completed in person and returned for assistance. Once the application has been submitted to us, the applications will be turned over to the team’s foreman. At which time the teams will be assigned and go out into the designated fields to assess the damages reported on the form submitted,” according to a 3 Business Women Of Southeast Texas Facebook post.

Listings for dates and times for the application process can be found on the Facebook page and is organized by school districts.