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Community Launches GoFundMe Campaign for Mr. Okra

He has bananas, he has the mango, and now he has a new community-backed fundraising initiative. New Orleanians from the Ninth Ward to Uptown have been missing Mr. Okra’s unmistakable voice coming through his truck’s speakers as of late, with recent health issues and repairs for his trusty painted truck keeping the local legend from work. 


On Tuesday (5.16), a campaign kicked off on GoFundMe to aid the beloved vegetable vendor. “Business has been slow, on top of all the other issues he is facing, and he would never ask for any help,” said Arthur Robinson, organizer of the campaign. 


Mr. Okra, whose real name is also Arthur Robinson, has been providing the New Orleans community with fresh produce for the past fifty years. Robinson said that despite the popularity of Mr. Okra in the form of t-shirts, documentary films, books, and even audio key chains, the man gets very little money from these endeavors. This time, he said, “every penny is going straight to his personal checking account." 


The campaign is set at a goal of $30,000 which will help Mr. Okra repair his truck or aid in purchasing a new one. As of press time, 22 hours after the campaign launched, $4,040 has been raised by 125 people. 


Check out the GoFundMe campaign here to learn more and donate.

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