Local man coordinating relief for Louisiana, turns attention to Kokomo

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — An Avon man is coordinating efforts with local churches and businesses to help Louisiana flood victims.

Now he not only wants to help the 40,000 displaced people in Louisiana, but also those in Kokomo who are in need of supplies.

Todd Francis has collected supplies for victims of natural disasters before. After tornadoes hit Joplin, Missouri he gathered tools, food, and baby items and also when storms his Avon several years ago.

Francis, a member at Charity Church, said semi trailers are in place to fill with donations and then be driven down to a warehouse that has been secured in the flood ravaged area.

Items needed (no clothing will be accepted at this time):

• Bottled Water

• Gatorade

• Can Goods

• Non-Perishables (Peanut Butter, Packaged Goods, Etc.)

• Baby Food

• Formula

• NEW Baby Bottles

• Dog Food

• Cat Food

• Paper Goods (Plates, Napkins, Cups, Plastic Cutlery)

• Toilet Paper

• Diapers

• Wipes

• Paper Towels

• Cleaning Supplies (Anti-Bacterial Wipes, Bleach, Dish Soap, Laundry Soap, Hand Sanitizer)

• Hygiene Products (Deodorant, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Shampoo, Conditioner, Contact Solution, Lotion, Baby Powder, Etc.)

• First Aid Supplies (Band-Aids, Antibiotic Ointment)

• Brooms

• Mops

• Shovels

• Rakes

• NEW Blankets

• Drywall Screws

Items can be dropped off at several locations including Charity Church, Westside Nazarene, Bethel Family Worship Center, and Crossroads in Avon. Charity Church is holding a donation event Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon at it’s 2700 S. Tibbs Ave. location.

There are also several local businesses involved in the effort. The iShop Repair, Shafer Collision Repair Center, Indy Ink & Toner, and WISH-TV partner paper the Hendricks County Flyer are all offering support.


How to make Apple Pie Tacos

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — It’s dessert … in a taco shell!

Apple Pie Tacos are easy, delicious, and kids love them! 

Apple Pie Tacos

9 soft street-taco shells (see note below)
2 tablespoons raw sugar 
1-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, divided 
5 ROCKIT® apples, skin left on and diced
2 tablespoon raw honey 
1 tablespoon lemon juice 
2 teaspoons cornstarch 
1/4 cup water, plus more
coconut whipped cream 

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a plate, sprinkle raw sugar and cinnamon. Gently mix the two together. Spray both sides of the soft taco shells with nonstick cooking spray, then lightly dip both sides in the cinnamon mixture. 
2. Flip a muffin tin over. Place each cinnamon-coated soft taco shell between each of the muffin tins, so that the muffin-tin humps help the taco shell stay in place and formed. Place in the the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Remove and let cool completely. 
3. To make apple filling, combine chopped apples, honey, lemon juice and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a small saucepan. Stir cornstarch into the 1/4 cup water and add to the saucepan. Heat on medium for about 10 minutes until apples are completely softened and gooey-thick. You may need to add more water — about another 1/4 cup — as the apples cook to create a sauce-like mixture. 
4. Spoon the apple filling into each of the taco shells. Top with coconut whipped cream and a sprinkle cinnamon, or a little granola.  Enjoy immediately! 

Apple Pie Tacos (WISH Photo/Annessa Chumbley)

Note: A tortilla that’s about 3-4 inches across works great. If you need to, you can take a larger wheat tortilla, and cookie-cut it using a 3-4 inch small bowl.