11-year-old Chloe Ory uses wagon to assist volunteers in Hurricane Ida relief effort

Published 11:45 am Saturday, September 18, 2021

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LAPLACE — When 11-year-old Chloe Ory of LaPlace saw volunteers gather near her home to distribute supplies to victims of Hurricane Ida, she grabbed her red wagon and joined in the relief effort.

After speaking with District Four Councilwoman Tyra Duhe-Griffin, Chloe loaded bottled water into the wagon and began distributing it to residents around the Ascension of Our Lord Catholic School grounds.

The distribution event saw participation from celebrity singer/actress Andra Day, the Braveheart non-profit organization, Rotary Club of LaPlace, AT&T and Southern University, among other groups. After supplies were distributed, Chloe understood the importance of giving back, and she was proud to be present among the volunteers.

“I noticed how hard these people are working for other people, and I thought it was so amazing that I decided to come help them as well,” Chloe said. “I’ve never done anything like this before, but I saw that Ida affected so many people, so I decided to come down here to help. It makes me feel amazing. I never knew how good it felt to help the community.”

After handing out food and carting around water, Chloe brought a few extra supplies home to her family — some Mandarin oranges for her father, tarps to cover the holes in their roof, and a toy for her siblings and friends who lost so much to the storm.