The talk show host partnered with furniture retailer Wayfair, for whom she's a brand ambassador to help two families who lost everything during the hurricane.
Kelly Clarkson might be going through a tough time personally, but that isn't stopping her from lending a helping hand to the community during hard times. Residents of Lake Charles, Louisiana, experienced a lot of destruction and havoc after two back-to-back hurricanes in the area –Hurricanes Laura and Delta last year. The 38-year-old singer has now ensured that two people who lost everything finally have a place to call home.
According to NBC News, Hurricanes Laura and Delta hit the region just six weeks apart. Laura, a colossal Category 4 storm, is now the most powerful storm on record to make landfall in Louisiana. These hurricanes also struck right in the middle of a pandemic, making it even harder for people to get back on their feet due to the uncertainty they had, in terms of jobs and financial stability.
Kelly Clarkson Surprises Residents Devastated by Back-to-Back Hurricanes with Restored Homes https://t.co/2nHXyAbEEI— People (@people) March 16, 2021
The talk show host partnered with furniture retailer Wayfair, for whom she's a brand ambassador, to help the Gomez family and local resident Martha Bergeron, whose homes were completely destroyed last year, reports PEOPLE. Their houses "were left with leaking roofs, shattered windows, broken doors, and damaged siding," according to a press release from Wayfair. The residents also had "extensive leaks" that ruined carpets, countertops, furniture, and personal items."
The singer and the retailer paid the recovery cost and the interiors and exteriors of the new homes were decorated with several pieces from Kelly Clarkson's Home Collection by Wayfair. "2020 was a year we'll never forget. The Lake Charles community faced an extremely difficult situation when the place they call home was hit by deadly storms that caused a tremendous amount of loss," Clarkson said in a statement.
This is pretty great!👏👏 I hope others follow up, even if it's just a little. .. The strength is in the union— Jessica😏▪️KC Stan▪️ (@ShoujoJ) March 17, 2021
The mom-of-two continued, "It can take years to rebuild a community, but if we work together to help those in need, we can accomplish a lot." Clarkson concluded by saying, "I am so happy that Wayfair and I were able to step in to help these families get back on their feet by creating a space they love and are proud to call home."
Hopefully, more people find a way to re-build a roof over their heads and it seems like it might happen soon. As of November 8, 2020, a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) spokesperson said its direct housing team was “continuing to review available commercial park sites for placement of housing units, as well as placement on private property.”
“Currently, nearly 2,000 households have been approved for housing, and FEMA continues to reach out to additional eligible households. FEMA has initiated the mission already and is steadily ramping up the program and over 100 applicants have already been licensed into the units,” the agency said. “That number will continue to increase as more housing units are installed and inspected.”
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