NEW ORLEANS (WDSU) — A New Orleans woman turns her grief into a solution.

Nadia Sanchez’s mother died in a failed carjacking in Gentilly in 2018.

She said that even though time has passed, the pain is still there.

“Yeah, it’s hard, you have that mindset. ‘OK, I’ll feel better in a year’, ‘I’ll feel better in two years’, but it’s not really boring like you think,” Sanchez said.

Her mother Jeannot Plessy was run over and killed by her own Nissan SUV in front of her family three years ago.

The suspects were later captured and convicted, but the tragedy shocked and angered the community.

In her journey to recovery, Sanchez decided to do something about it.

The idea was born during the trial as she got to know the suspects who took her mother’s life.

“They were raised by single moms, they had a lot of trauma very early on that wasn’t addressed, they didn’t have the right coping mechanisms for the things they went through early in life. “Sanchez said.

So she started a non-profit group called Love Your Neighbor NOLA.

The organization takes donated baby items and distributes them to families in need, especially single mothers who are struggling financially.

The organization also offers emotional support, connecting families with agencies to help them find jobs, education and therapy.

She thinks it will help reduce the number of carjacking incidents and other crimes in the city.

Her mother was a pastor known for distributing red beans and rice to the homeless in Washington Square Park.

Sanchez says her nonprofit group is a way to carry on that tradition so that her mother’s love for the community lives on.

“What she started with, I’m going to expand on and make it more meaningful and have a purpose and reconnect to what happened to her.

I can’t fix what happened to my mom, I can’t change it, I wish I could, I can’t turn back time, but maybe I can change the outcome for someone ‘other. Maybe I can be a light in the community,” Sanchez said.

To donate baby clothes or other items to Sanchez’s nonprofit group, click here for more information.

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