The other day Kellan Lutz Tweeted a photo of him, Rami Malek (Benjamin) and Casey LeBow (Kate) spending the day building houses for the St. Bernard Project. The St. Bernard Project has nothing to do with lovable dogs, rather it’s all about building homes in post-Katrina Louisiana. They routinely partner with other well-known organizations such as Americorps and the United Way
According to their press release this is what the “Get on the Float” initiative is all about:
Get on the Float — Help SBP rebuild 20 families homes and raise $ 350,000 this Mardi Gras Season.
Carnival season is New Orleans’ biggest time of year. Hundreds of thousands of travelers from around the globe descend upon the Crescent City for the celebration that is Mardi Gras.
While most travelers storm the French Quarter, the real celebration is happening with in families and homes across the city. Additionally, this time of year is steeped in tradition. The parades, the costumes, the masks, the krewes…it’s all been around for generations.
“For the residents of New Orleans, Mardi Gras is not about beer and beads. It’s about tradition and family. I am truly blessed to be able to enjoy both this year,” says recently returned SBP homeowner Tina Meshell. Lifetime New Orleanian and SBP employee Whitney Craig says, “Even if you haven’t seen your family in awhile, you still know where they’ll be for Mardi Gras.”
But since Hurricane Katrina, 10,000-20,000 caretakers of these celebratory traditions haven’t been where they are supposed to be for Mardi Gras. For 5 years, they haven’t been able to participate in the festivities that are so crucial to their New Orleans identity.
As all of these New Orleans homeowners know, one of the biggest honors of Mardi Gras is riding on the float for the parades. This year, in tribute to this tradition, St. Bernard Project invites you to Get on the Float this Mardi Gras season and help these families still in need.
There are 2 easy ways to Get on the Float: Volunteer or Donate. In the following two months, SBP plans to get enough people “on our float” to return 20 families home and raise $350,000.
All supporters who Get on the Float this Mardi Gras season will be placed on our website. Additionally, we will have a make shift float in our offices where each float member will have their name displayed, so anyone who walks in our door can see your support for SBP.