Katrina Survivors Reach Out to Cedar Rapids Flood Victims

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Katrina survivor, and Ruby Slippers Cookbook author, Amy Cyrex Sins is leading a group of volunteers on a relief mission to Cedar Rapids, Iowa August 1-3, 2008. The group, who call themselves New Orleans Cooks, is on a mission to make life more bearable for the people of Cedar Rapids. The group hopes to accomplish that through a warm smile, and a comforting meal. Volunteers from New Orleans Cooks will serve over 1500 meals during their time in the flood-ravaged area.

Katrina survivor, and Ruby Slippers Cookbook author, Amy Cyrex Sins is leading a group of volunteers on a relief mission to Cedar Rapids, Iowa August 1-3, 2008. The group, who call themselves New Orleans Cooks, is on a mission to make life more bearable for the people of Cedar Rapids. The group hopes to accomplish that through a warm smile, and a comforting meal. Volunteers from New Orleans Cooks will serve over 1500 meals during their time in the flood-ravaged area.

Group leader Amy Cyrex Sins said, "We know first hand how devastating the effects flood waters can have on a community. We want to show the people of Cedar Rapids the same type of comforting generosity others showed us after Katrina."

On August 2, the group will have a resource center set up from 11am-7pm:
Knights of Columbus Hall
716 A. Ave. NE
Located near St. Luke's Hospital

Residents of the flood devastated areas can visit the resource center and enjoy relief from the stress of dealing with post flood issues. The group is using food, music and warm smiles to show its support of the Cedar Rapids Community. New Orleanians know very well how difficult flooding can be and the group hopes a Louisiana Style event will be just what Cedar Rapids needs to lift its spirits. They will also have representatives available from various organizations throughout the Cedar Rapids area to answer questions about the recovery.

Throughout their trip, New Orleans Cooks will be working with non-profit organizations serving meals, aiding in the clean up effort and working alongside relief workers. They will also have crisis counseling services and other disaster information available at their resource center on August 2, 2008.

Meals on August 2, 2008 are free to anyone impacted by the floods. Meal reservations or request for transportation assistance to the Knights of Columbus Hall can be made by calling 1-888-723-6219.

Louisiana residents should be proud of the generosity of their fellow citizens and businesses. Thanks to their support, New Orleans Cooks will be traveling to Cedar Rapids with over 1000lbs of food. This includes 200lbs of Etouffee Mix, 300lbs of Jambalaya Mix, 400lbs of rice, 50lbs of roast beef, bread pudding, Louisiana shrimp, hot sauce, Creole Seasoning, Pralines, Hubig Pies, over 500 home baked desserts and Cool Brew coffee to top it all off.

New Orleans Cooks is actively seeking volunteers and donations of bulk food and other supplies. If you would like to volunteer for this event or donate supplies, please call
1-888-723-6219 and please leave your contact information. Financial contributions can be made via pay pal to neworleanscooks@yahoo.com or deposited at any Chase bank into account number- #794961219.

For a complete list of Louisiana companies who are assisting in this effort or schedule media interviews, please contact:

Amy Cyrex Sins
New Orleans Cooks-
cookbook @ rubyslippersnola.com
504-616-4089

About the donations:
Donations provided by: Kajun Kettle Foods, Sysco, Blue Runner Beans, Hubig Pies, Louisiana Fish Fry Company, Aquq2Go, Zatarains, Magic Seasoning, Whole Foods Market - Louisiana, Cool Brew Coffee, Tabasco Store-Riverwalk, Chicken Sue's, Jams Poboys and home baked sweets from local families

About the Author:
International award winning author, Amy Cyrex Sins is a Loyola University of New Orleans graduate with a degree in communications. She is a cooking enthusiast who spends every free moment in the kitchen creating wonderful meals for friends and family. Amy was inspired to write her first cookbook after the events of Hurricane Katrina ravaged her home and her city. The one thing she lost that was missed most of all was her collection of handwritten recipes passed on from family and friends. Amy believes that her furniture and things are easily replaced, but handwritten recipes are something that are cherished but now lost forever.

Ruby Slippers Cookbook, one of the prestigious 2006 Gourmand World Cookbook Award winners, is turning heads nationally and internationally too! Press coverage includes the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, the Times-Picayune, and Epicurious.com. Titled Ruby Slippers Cookbook: Life, Culture, Family and Food After Katrina, the 232-page coffee table style volume is available for sale, enabling food lovers the opportunity to enjoy fabulous New Orleans and Louisiana Cajun and Creole style cuisine at home while also helping a good cause.

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