Casper College student starts online fundraiser for Hurricane Ida victims

Published: Sep. 22, 2021 at 5:37 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - It’s no surprise that Hurricane Ida’s impact was felt all across the country. From flooding, to higher gas prices, to complete destruction in the southeast, it took a toll on many. One Casper College student is trying to make a difference.

Briana Kent, a Louisiana resident attending Casper College for the University of North Dakota Occupational Therapy program, started an online fundraiser to raise money for victims of Hurricane Ida. The idea started after the love and support she received from her classmates and professors, who asked how they could help with clean up efforts.

“I was approached by all of my classmates, all of my professors, ‘Hey how’s your family? Are you all doing okay? Do you need anything? Do they need anything?’ That was the first question. And honestly, I kind of cried a little bit because it was just so... I felt really welcomed,” said Kent.

Many of Kent’s friends and family members were personally impacted by the storm. Her fundraiser focuses on Grand Isle, Louisiana, which received some of the worst damage. Kent’s family home in Grand Isle suffered significant damage. She says the love she has seem from the Casper community and her classmates has made this difficult time, much better.

“It was really heart warming. It filled me with a lot of joy and it made me feel like they were also a home for me, and they were part of the family kind of,” said Kent.

Kent says she does not have a specific goal, she just wants to raise as much money for disaster relief funds as possible. People in the community have not only donated towards to fundraiser...but also offered to help in other ways too.

“People have commented and they have been so just like caring and just kind and willing to give whatever to help me through it, emotionally if I needed it,” said Kent.

So far the fundraiser for Grand Isle has made almost 1,400 dollars.

To view the fundraiser, click here.

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