Dec 17, 2010 4:19 PM by Maddie Garrett

Families Ask for Basics for Christmas

Holiday wish lists are mounting, and they're not just for toys or new appliances. 232-HELP says many Acadiana families are asking for the basics this year.
Leigh Petersen with 232-HELP in Lafayette says they've been flooded with calls this holiday season with families asking for help.

"They're looking for just the basic needs that families need all the time and they're trying to get that at least for Christmas," said Petersen.

They are asking for things like toiletries, clothes, blankets and heaters. And 232-HELP is trying to collect those items and match them up with families in need.

"We have a stack of folks that we haven't been able to match," said Petersen.

Tricea Gibson can relate; a single mom with 4 children, she's been living with friends and family for the past ten months just trying to find a job and a roof over their heads.

"It hurts me to see what they're going through it's stressing them out in school," said Gibson.

Gibson called 232-HELP to not only get on a Wish List, but to find help for housing too.

"And I also asked them is there anybody else that I can contact, and they said this is all we have at the moment," said Gibson.

Petersen says the fact is, there's just not enough resources to go around.

"We're dealing with folks living with family and friends trying to cram into a home that's already full, we're getting a lot of calls for that and there's not a lot of assistance for that either," explained Petersen.

So people like Gibson have to wait and hope something comes along. She says she doesn't even know what she and her children will do for Christmas.

"I'm just taking it day by day," she said.

You can bring donations to 232-HELP, at 100 S Jefferson Street in Lafayette. If you have questions, call at (337) 232-4357. Drop off is Monday through Friday 8:00 to 4:30. Here is a list of the items they need:

Cleaning Supplies
Toilet Paper/Paper Towels
Simple toys, such as: baby dolls, trucks



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