Tanger Outlets in Gonzales launched their #TangerCares campaign last week, giving back to local residents still struggling from the August flood that affected much of south Louisiana.
On Dec. 9, the Tanger team surprised Donaldsonville Primary special education teacher Jackie Cullia with a $1,500 shopping spree and various much needed clothes, home and kitchen items.
In 2005, she lost her home to Hurricane Katrina, then again to Hurricane Rita, and in August, her Prairieville home flooded in the Great Flood of 2016. These losses are what motivated her daughter to nominate her through a social media campaign that was started last month for Ascension Parish Public School employees.
"Everyday she is back at work, she is smiling, she is loving on the kids and working hard," said Donaldsonville Primary Principal Mary Mcmahan. "It's a wonderful thing to surprise her, but just for her to know that someone noticed what she's going through. At this time of the year, it's going to be an awesome treat for her."
"We have been through the 100 year storm, now the 1,000 storm," Cullia said. "This will pass, just like Katrina passed. It gets better with time. It'll take a little while, but it gets better with time."
Tanger, along with their organizational partners Pat's Coats for Kids, Ascension Parish Schools, the Boys & Girls Club of Baton Rouge and Volunteer Ascension, also donated items to two Lakeside Primary teachers, the Reese Family in Geismar and the Boys & Girls Club of Baton Rouge.