Most residents in Louisiana don’t get to experience Winter like people who live in Northern America. The negative digit degrees hardly ever visits the South. However, it does get pretty cool around this time of the year and one family pledged to bless Senior Citizens in a very unique way.
Louisiana Public Figure, Ro Wright, led a social media campaign to give blankets to Senior Citizens around the state. The effort became so massive that Joe Anderson, Program Director of Z105.9 Radio Station in Lafayette, LA partnered with Wright and his family to help support the effort in Lafayette.
In Lafayette, the Wrights spent time at Bethany MHS Health Center near UL Campus. “We spoke to them a week prior to coming to let them know we’d be coming by. They were excited to have us,” said Ro. In the front lobby, the Wrights led a prayer circle with staff and tenants before leaving blankets for every resident in the facility.
Ro and Sandria Wright lead Metro Assembly of Faith, an outreach ministry in Slidell, LA. Members of the church donated blankets and challenged others to participate. “I thought this was an amazing idea. My grandmother is always cold and she often asks for a blanket. I knew how much these elders would appreciate the blankets,” said Tracie Madison, Youth Leader for Metro Assembly of Faith.
“Love is contagious. I believe most people are capable of demonstrating God’s Love when they are given the opportunity to do so,” said Ro Wright. “As the word spread, we stopped having to tell people about this drive. They began calling us asking how to they could contribute.”
Quintle Slaughter, a Community Activist and Businessman in Alexandria, heard about the effort on Facebook. “My family are big supporters of The Wrights. We care about the people of Alexandria. So my wife, my mother, and our family partnered with Ro and his family to bring the Blanket Drive to Alexandria,” said Slaughter. Through The Slaughter Family connected The Wrights to several Senior Facilities in CENLA (Center Louisiana).
The Wrights didn’t want to send others to deliver the blankets. “Real service is not sending someone else to do it. It’s humbling yourself and making the sacrifice to be a blessing to someone else,” said Ro Wright. “We do a family Community Service project every year during the Holidays,” said Sandria Wright. “We want our kids to understand what the Spirit of Christmas is really about,” she added. They teach the kids ‘Don’t be excited to receive anything if you aren’t just as excited to give’.
While visiting Naomi Heights Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Alexandria, LA the Wrights were joined by members of Emmanuel Baptist Church. They sang carols to the residents of the facility before Ro Wright led a prayer over the residents and the staff. Their sons were over giving blankets to the residents. “The drive was long but understanding why we were doing it made me not care about how long the ride was,” said Cadence Wright (12).
After Sunday Morning Service, the Wrights drove as a family from New Orleans to Alexandria stopping at several Assisted Living Facilities along the way giving blankets and holiday cheer to nearly 300 Senior Citizens across Louisiana. “People from all over the country made donations on Facebook to help us purchase blankets and food for the Senior Citizens. It’s amazing how much we can accomplish together when God’s love is the centerpiece of our lives,” said Ro Wright.