Helping the People of Ida

Local Business Owner/Louisiana Natives Seek Aid for those affected by Hurricane Ida

Hello, and thank you for finding your way to the Babineaux/Chimento "Helping the People of Ida" fundraiser efforts!

Derek Babineaux, a resident of Old Saybrook, CT, and local business owner, and Nick a seasoned veteran and resident of Fort Worth, TX, are cousins and Louisiana natives. With family and friends still living down in the areas hardest hit by the Hurricane Ida, the news of such widespread devastation truly hit home.

Having grown up on the levees of Louisiana, Derek and Nick aren't strangers to hurricanes and their aftermath. But hurricanes of this magnitude leave residents desperate for help. Nick, whose mother resides in Houma, received a desperate call from her for help. Together with Amanda, Derek's wife, they started planning ways that they could help get donations to those most in need.

There will be two coordinated efforts to deliver supplies directly to our two contacts in Louisiana.

Houma Victory Church will accept donations coming out of Fort Worth. Chris Johnston, the pastor will accept donations from Lighthouse Church in Lafitte which was hit extremely hard; in fact, the water still has not receded. A registry has also been set up to send shipments of supplies to Fort Worth which will then be delivered by Nick and his team.

Monetary donations will be accepted through GoFundMe until October 5th at which point all cash donations will be distributed evenly to the parishes.

Please join Amanda and Nick in their efforts to help those families and businesses that have been left crippled by this storm. Our contacts are saying that this storm was worse than when Katrina leveled these areas in 2005. Millions of people are desperately in need of clean water and supplies - they need you!

Bottle by bottle and box by box - every donation means so much to those in need.

Victory of Houma Church

Church contact: Charlotte Muntz

Lighthouse Church

Church Contact: Pastor Chris Johnston

Fundraiser Organizers

Amanda Babineaux (Phone: 860-961-2822)
Nicholas Chimento (Phone: 985-209-4616)

And with the support of these local companies:

Voices of Ida

What can you do?

House heavily damaged during hurricane Ida in Houma, Lousiana

We need help providing the following:

  • Tarps
  • Shockwave Cleaner (to kill black mold)
  • Cleaning supplies (powdered if possible so we aren't transporting too much liquid)
  • Flat head shovels
  • Squeegees on a pole
  • Mops
  • Rakes
  • Gatorade / Powerade (powder)
  • Pressure washers
  • Gas / Gas Cans
  • Sunblock
  • Soap / Shampoo
  • Baby Supplies (everything is needed included clothes)
  • Baby Wipes (for showering)
  • Laundry detergent (powdered)
  • First Aid Kits / Medicine
  • Personal Care products

You can contribute in one of the following ways:

Local to Connecticut?

Local Event

Visit our drop-off event on Sunday September 12th, Old Saybrook High School, 8 AM - 12 PM. Tell everyone you can!


Drop-off at our office in Clinton located at 5 East Main Street in Clinton, Monday though Friday from 6:30 am – 5:30 pm, until Friday September 10th.

Arrange Pick-Up

We can pick up in the towns local to Old Lyme thru Clinton up to Chester. Please call 860.961.2822 to schedule a pickup before Friday September 10th.

Can't donate or purchase? Then please share this page, the GoFundMe, and/or the Walmart Registry on your social media accounts, so we can spread the word faster!

We appreciate any help you can provide.