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St. Charles family touched by Ida donated caravan after months of sleeping in tents

PARADIS, Louisiana (WVUE) – A family of five in St. Charles Parish is sleeping warmer this weekend, after spending 77 days without a solid roof over their heads.

Hypolite Nazio’s family home in Paradis was destroyed by Hurricane Ida.

After weeks of back and forth with FEMA and the state, Nazio said he was understandably skeptical when he got a call offering him a free trailer.

“I got a call from someone who said, ‘Hey, we’ve got a trailer that we want to give you,’” Nazio said. “And my first reaction was, ‘No, it’s not real.’

“I spoke to my wife and she said, ‘OK, did you ask how long we can keep him? Or when they need it in return? “

Their benefactor Matt Rookard said he noticed a tweet from Fox 8 containing photos of the living conditions of the Nazios last week. He reached out to find out more.

“It started and ended with the tweet for me,” Rookard said. “I knew it was your tweet and I think it was three photos of some sort of tent city they had created.”

Rookard works with the Terrebonne Economic Development Authority, which also has a non-profit parent organization designed to help those who need it most.

Nazio, his wife and three children fit this description.

“Simpler is better, isn’t it?” Rookard said. “Go buy a used trailer, use our links with community organizations to identify needs and drop it off. “

Nazio said on Sunday that he still struggles to deal with the kindness his family has shown. But he said he remained true to his faith in God and in mankind.

“I sort of had doubts about any faith in humanity,” Nazio said. “It restored all of my faith in humanity.

“The Bible says worry about nothing. The Bible says, “God will provide. And in this case, God has definitely provided.

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