Helping the Sanders Family #peoplelikethat

Delasbar Sanders flood

Meet the Sanders family and their beautiful daughter, Amoree.

Early in the morning on August 14, 2016 their apartment was flooded by the Amite River that had crested far above its normal banks and was now raging through their neighborhood.  What is normally a 50 ft wide and 15 foot deep river became 10 miles wide and 46 feet deep.

Her father was trying to evacuate wading through floodwaters with Amoree on his shoulders, but the current was too hard and Amoree came loose!

As her terrified parents watched, Amoree was swept away by the current but suddenly popped back up and began to swim!  Delasbar has been taking her to the Terrific Turtles Swimming Program at the YMCA and said that Amoree has been glued to the television, especially focused on watching Olympian Michael Phelps swim.  Delasbar said that every time Phelps was on tv, Amoree would come running into the living room to watch him.

Those lessons and her interest in swimming paid off! Amoree was able to swim back to her father just in time for the whole family to be rescued by four unnamed heroes in a boat.

The Sanders family booked a hotel room but when they arrived at the hotel it was full. The hotel allowed the family to dry off and charge their phone in the lobby and helped them find another place to stay.  They have a hotel room secured now for a week but no home to return to – everything was a total loss.

Our families know how difficult our children’s restrictive diets can be on a bright, sunny regular day.  When you are in a crisis and have no way to feed your child Tyson chicken nuggets it can be difficult.  When you are staying in a hotel room without a microwave or a refrigerator that can be nearly impossible.

Amoree is missing her Team Umizoomi DVDs and Millie Talking Doll.  She also loves Sid the Science Kid DVDs.  Let’s help her get some of the things that are most familiar to her as soon as we can – maybe someone could get Amoree something autographed by Michael Phelps!

When they stopped by this morning to pick up their emergency gift card to Walmart, Delasbar said she knew she was in the right place when she saw our Unlocking Autism license plate.  Her family has #301 and has been in the UA family longer than we knew! It is a difficult way to meet each other but we are working together now to build a brighter future.  Their car below was lost in the flood. Water rose until it was 1″ from the top of the vehicle.

Delasbar Sanders license plate UA

The Sanders family has lost all of their clothing and would appreciate donations.  If you box them and send them to Shelley Hendrix, Unlocking Autism, PO Box 41312, Baton Rouge, LA 70835 and write SANDERS FAMILY on the box, we will make sure they get them.

Amoree – Girls sizes 16 & 18 and shoes 4.5 to 5

Delasbar – Women’s 28 and shoe 11

Warren – 3X and 12 shoe

All donations made to Unlocking Autism via The Power of One right now are going to help Louisiana Flood Victims. You can make your tax deductible donation to Unlocking Autism and we will continue to provide gift cards to our families so they can get the items that will help their families personally rebuild.  If you don’t want to send monetary donations, Flood Care Packages are a huge help to our families as well.  You can find out what families need here.

Once the flood waters dry up and our families dry out, we will all be working together to ensure that an emergency plan is in place for our community – and available for other communities to adopt – so that no family is ever turned away from a shelter because they don’t take “people like this.”

With great thanks,

The Unlocking Autism Family

Care Packages Needed to Help #peoplelikethat

General Care Packages

Please help our families living with autism in South Louisiana by sending general care packages to them.  You can find Large USPS Priority Mail Boxes at your local Post Office then fill them up with goodies listed below.

Please print off this list and then check off what is included.  Include notes for our families to let them know they are loved.  We will pick up the boxes daily and give them to families in need.

Thanks for helping us and for praying for us here in South Louisiana!  We are all one big autism family!  All of us at Unlocking Autism are so grateful for your help!

Toothbrush   Granola Bars  
Toothpaste   Protein Bars  
Floss   Pretzels  
Shampoo   Snack Crackers  
Conditioner   Diapers  
Soap   Formula  
Bandaids   Baby Wipes  
Bug Spray   Towels  
Qtips   Deodorant  
Kleenex   Neosporin  
Hand sanitizer   Hand Soap  
Bacteria Wipes   Gift Cards  
Dry Shampoo   Tampons  
Sunscreen   Sanitary napkin  
Koolaid single pks   Hairbrush  
Walmart gift card   Comb  
CVS gift card   Gold Bond Pwdr  
Hand lotion   Deck of cards  
Pens & notebooks   Flashlight/batteries  

Please send USPS Priority Mail Boxes to:
Shelley Hendrix, Unlocking Autism
PO Box 41312, Baton Rouge, LA 70835

Helping the Johnson Family #peoplelikethat

kevira flood
Kevira Johnson’s family evacuated on Saturday, August 13th from their home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana that was quickly filling up with flood water.  Her family has four children ages 16, 10, 3 and 7 weeks. Their 10 year old daughter has Angelman’s syndrome.

The house filled up with 5 feet of water and everything is a total loss.  Their sweet girl lost her pull ups, AFO braces for her feet, mechanical walker, wheelchair and medicines.

kevira flood 2

They are not in a shelter. They are not at Kevira’s mother’s home because their daughter would have to sleep on the floor.  She has a curve in her spine and would experience serious pain sleeping on the floor.  She cannot communicate pain or discomfort.

All six members of this family are living with a relative in Bogalusa, LA in a one bedroom home.

Right now, Unlocking Autism has only raised enough to give their family a $250 gift card from WalMart.  Communications are difficult with families on the move and unstable cell phone coverage. Clothing and shoe sizes for the family members are listed below and you can mail them to Unlocking Autism, PO Box 41312, Baton Rouge, LA 70835. PLEASE WRITE “FOR JOHNSON FAMILY” on your box to ensure we get it to the right family and we will deliver it as quickly as possible.

We need to raise approximately $1500 per family to be able to move them into stabilized housing, provide them with blow up mattresses, pillows, sheets, towels, toiletries and one week of food to get them started.  Several shelters around the area have stated that they don’t take “people like that” referring to our children with autism spectrum disorder and related developmental disabilities.  We will work to fix that for the next big storm but for now, we need your help to help this family directly.

Unlocking Autism is an all volunteer organization and all funds raised will go directly to families at this time.  Visit Unlocking Autism to make your tax deductible donation. The Johnson family thanks you for your help!


Fwd: Kym
Xl woman
14 misses pants
Panties size 8
Bra 38 DD
Shoe size 10

Girls 14 top and bottom
Pull ups size xl
Shoe size 5y

Girl size 4t-5t top and bottom
Panties size 4t
Shoe size 10

6mths -12 mths
Diapers size 1 or 2
Formula Enfamil  infant

Shoe size 10 1/2
Shirt size medium/large
Pants size 31/32 or 32/32
Jacket size large
Underwear large

Xl shirt
Xl drawlz
Pants 38 waist 34 length
Slim fit pants 40 waist ( big thighs)
Shoes size 12
Favorite colors red black royal blue