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Church Point Tornado: How you can help

3 drop off locations
Posted at 11:14 AM, May 20, 2020

Update: 5/20/2020

Donations started Monday, and the community in Church Point has been working to help families in any way possible.

"Everybody pretty much knows everybody. So, when one person is down, we're all there to pick them up," said Jeffrey Chard.

That's that action that is actively supporting the five families who lost their homes during Sunday nights tornado.

"It will never be back to normal because of what happened. But at least we can give them some normalcy in their lives so that they can move on," said Chard.

To do this, volunteers and local non-profits have set up three drop off locations, which include Scottie's Bean Theatre, Cafe Maison, and Wild Child Essentials in Opelousas (see below for details).

"I'm mean the generosity has been overwhelming. We've probably delivered over seven-vehicle loads of clothing to all the different families so far," said Dwayne Richard.

Even though there are different drop off locations, the same type of items are still needed.

"Stuff that you would use every day to live. Toiletries, shampoo, toothpaste, and toothbrushes, things of that sort," said Richard.

Volunteers say K&K Storage is now on board, they will be donating storage space to begin collecting furniture for those families who need it in the near future.

Items still needed as of Wednesday evening:

-Cleaning Wipes, Clorox etc.
-Pre-packaged Food

Several families lost everything Sunday night when a tornado plowed through their neighborhood near Prudence Highway.

The Church Point community is coming together to help, and you can help, too.

If you'd like to drop off donations, here's how:

Scottie Bean Theatre is accepting clothes, non-perishable foods, and furniture through Friday. For more information, contact the theatre through their Facebook page here.

Dwayne's Dream Team Give Back also is helping, by collecting clothes and other household items and furniture for the families. To contact the Team, visit their Facebook page here. You can drop off donations for Dwayne's Dream Team to pick up at Cafe Maison, 218 N Main St in Church Point; here are the sizes for the family of the woman who died in the tornado:
Women's Size 3 pants ,M -Shirt ,9 shoes
Men's 44 pants, 3x shirt, 11 1/2 shoes

Wild Child Essentials in Opelousas has set up a drop off location in their shop for a family with seven children who lost everything. Here are the sizes they need:
18 months Size 5 pampers
3 boy 3T
5 girl 5-6
7 girl 8 girls
8 y/o girl 7-8 clothes
9 y/o 8 size boy
12 y/o Men’s small 32/30
Mother (hospitalized)
Dad XL 38/32 pants

You can contact the shop via their Facebook page here.

If you'd like to donate funds to any of the families, there are several ways to do that.

The family of Latreka Dominick has a GoFundMe set up here.

"Our sweet Latreka was taken from us that night to be with our good Lord. Latreka wasn't alone that night and we find peace knowing she was sound asleep in her bed. In the house with Latreka was her mother Linda and brother Dalfred. Both had to be rushed to hospital and put in ICU. Linda was placed on a ventilator and Dalfred had to undergo surgery. We expect for both of them to make a full recovery. It is unknown at this time just how much things will amount to, but we are trying to help make it a little easier on them to pick up the pieces and start over," the GoFundMe page states. "This family has lost everything. They have no home to go to. They have no clothes to put on their backs. They have no Latreka to run in to their arms. Please give what you can even the smallest donation would help. If you can't give please share this go fund me page with your friends. Sweet Latreka this is for you! Forever in our hearts."

We told you the story of 12-year-old Jordyn Malborough, who heroically saved his sisters after the tornado hit. If you'd like to help him and his family, here's a GoFundMe set up for them. They lost everything in the storm.

Another family with seven children has set up several options for donations; send with the hashtag #ReliefFund to the following:
Cashapp $ShaunaSias
Venmo Shauna Sias
Chase Quick Pay 3373088564

One family with a single mom and five kids lost everything as well. Their GoFundMe is here. Here's our story about it.

We will update this story as we receive more information.