Overall, the resources Walmart was able to provide made a difference. Besides Big Blue and reconstruction efforts at the store, another group of Walmart drivers helped feed community members, at one point serving more than 3,000 meals in one day.
Inside Big Blue, David and his team were working as a full-service pharmacy. “It wasn't just emergency medications. We administered COVID vaccines, flu vaccines, tetanus shots, blood pressure medications, insulin, and we had refrigerated medications. We've got a full-size refrigerator on board.”
David says the pharmacy broke records, consistently filling 300 prescriptions daily for the people displaced from their homes. “I could tell you 50 stories of how many people were just moved to tears in the pharmacy because they had been out of medicine, some of them for five days.”
“It shows what we can do when we put our might to a task,” Wyatt says. “It was neat to be involved in that kind of effort.”
Exhausted, Yet Gratified
Wyatt was in Galliano for 18 days, David for 12. Wyatt admits that “exhaustion was the biggest challenge. It was long days, and with all the rain, you’d be wading in water all day.”
Still, both men said they are ready and willing to go the next time a community needs Big Blue.
“What we managed to do… We brought light and hope to a place that was just wiped out,” David says. “I would go out tomorrow if there was another hurricane. It was such a great experience to be part of that.”