"The camaraderie is so heartwarming," said Vicknair.
O'Reilly Auto Parts on Burnside held a fundraiser to raise money for a team member after her sister passed away unexpectedly last month. Diane Vicknair is a team member at one of the Gonzales stores. Her sister, Carla Lowe, passed away on February 5, 2018, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge. To assist with the cost of the funeral, O'Reilly sold jambalaya plates for $6 to raise money for the burial expenses.
Vicknair said she was astonished by the generosity of both the company and the community in helping curb those expenses. She said corporate helped by selling the plates at each of their Ascension locations.
"The camaraderie is so heartwarming," said Vicknair. "At O'Reilly, they never call us employees, we're team members, and my Reilly's family is just unbelievable. It's unreal what people are doing for me."
Vicknair said over 200 jambalaya plates were sold and delivered to area businesses. She added that local stores even donated towards the effort. Lamendola's donated a $50 gift card to purchase ingredients, and Blue Runner donated white beans for the meal. Emerson even purchased 100 plates to feed employees at the plant.
Vicknair said she wanted the community to know how many good people and businesses there are in Gonzales who would come together and support their neighbor in this way. She said the generosity of the community is something that needs to be highlighted, especially in a time when bad news seems rampant.
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