They're one of the many families at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Lansing, MI. But, Dave Trentadue, a local attorney and graduate of Cooley Law School in Lansing, was born and raised in the New Orleans area. His mom and dad, siblings and extended family are still there.
They lost everything, not unlike tens of thousands of others. They are still living and they still have each other.
But, it what we don't see on television that makes the difference. Regular food is scarce and family members are struggling to get one meal a day and to find drinkable water. Finding open local banks is a challenge and on the wrong days feels like a scene out of the old western Gunsmoke.
That's why our church is having a door-offering on Sunday. They are passing the hat for the Trentadue family. There's grandma and grandpa, a brother, couple of sisters, a niece with a new baby born during Katrina. They are in need.
We are on the other side of the continent. But, we still can help and we have a responsibility to help and I pray that we will make a difference for at least one family if not more.