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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Ralph Abraham, Pilots for Patients fly supplies to Baton Rouge.

August 19, 2016
In The News

BATON ROUGE, LA. (KNOE 8 News) - flight for hope. Today, Congressman Ralph Abraham, and Pilots for Patients, woke up early to pack donations, and take off. Their destination - Baton Rouge.

"It's just a small token of what we try to do to help our friends and neighbors," Pilots for Patients President Philip Thomas said.

The hour-long flight gave them a look at some of the flooded areas down south, and a memory of what Northeast Louisiana looked like just a couple months ago. They were images Abraham knew he'd see again, once the rain started falling.

"We knew when the rain started, because of what happened in march, the potential," Abraham said. "So, it's important that we certainly give back."

And once they touched down, give back they did, unloading the planes, and giving supplies to the Catholic Diocese to distribute to shelters.

Donations the Diocese says speak volumes.

"Louisiana is a very giving community," the Catholic Diocese Director of Stewardship Tammy Abshire said. "We are all in this together. During Katrina, folks were helping in New Orleans. So, you know, we all help each other. Louisianians are a very resilient and very giving people."

And, while the plane could only fit small items, the spirit behind them was anything but.

"Even the small items, the small things we do to help our friends and neighbors, and really fellow men," Thomas said. "It really shows the depth we have in this state."