NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A local chef with Haitian roots wants to help Hurricane Matthew victims in his homeland.
Charly Pierre is the co-owner of Fritai at the St. Roch Market. His restaurant specialized in Haitian cuisine. Pierre's parents and other relatives still live in the island country. While his parents were able to come to the United States before the storm hit, he has other relatives there who went through the powerful storm.
Pierre said he's seen pictures from Haiti where bridges were washed out and structures were torn to pieces.
"All the stuff that they had they lost because these houses were so frail, they just blew down. They have to start over again. It's a thing I think about, it's always hard to think about." said Pierre.
He's collecting money to donate to a Haitian doctor's organization to help them treat storm victims.
Pierre said that Haiti's infrastructure was already fragile because of the massive earthquake in 2010, and now the people on the island will need a lot of help to recover.
Pierre said that he is also planning a larger fundraiser on Oct. 16, for 6-9 p.m. at the St. Roch Market.