Posted: May 23, 2012 5:46 PM by Maddie Garrett
Updated: May 23, 2012 5:58 PM
The amount of donations to fuel the search for Mickey Shunick continues to grow. Volunteers said they are overwhelmed by the community support that keeps them going.
Volunteer Margaret Bearb heads up the food donations; she can barely keep up with all of the donations flowing in.
"Still have things coming in, we just really appreciate all the community support, this family really needs it," said Bearb.
It's not just food and water, they receive money, supplies and basic necessities.
"We've had a dumpster delivered here, we have a porta-potty, we have toilet paper, paper towels, everything that is necessary to host the hundreds of volunteers who are showing up to participate in the search and outreach effort," said one of the volunteer coordinators, Kristen Kordecki.
Businesses are chipping in too, and not just with donations. Lamar is running more than 50 billboards in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi. Officials at Lamar said they expect that the number of billboards will increase over the next few days. Walgreens is also helping by running information about Shunick on all of their marquees.
"Whether it's from the city, whether it's from a corporation, whether it's the next door neighbor, they're all here," said Kordecki.
All of the donations of money, supplies and food not only keep family, friends and volunteers going physically, but emotionally as well.
"We're very heartened to know that all we have to do is focus on bringing Mickey home and that everything else taken care of by the people around us," said Kordecki.
The show of support keeps their spirits up, one donation at a time.
Volunteers said Wednesday afternoon that they need more office supplies such as pens, pads of paper, post its and extension chords. They can also use more ice, coffee and tea and snack foods that are easy for search teams to carry with them.
If you'd like to donate money, there are two bank accounts set up. Donations to help the family and the search effort can be made at Midsouth Bank. Checks can be made out Shunick's sister, Charlene Shunick, and money should be deposited personally at the bank. Call Kordecki for more information at (337)323-9228.
Donations for police overtime and the reward are being accepted at Community Foundation of Acadiana "Mickey Shunick Fund." Those donations are tax deductable. For more information contact Linda at (337) 769-4840.
There is now a calendar sign up for donating meals to the family at http://helpmickeysfamily.webs.com/