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Hurricane Laura: Groups collecting donations

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Posted at 12:53 PM, Aug 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 23:41:36-04

Several groups are collecting supplies to take to people affected by Hurricane Laura in the Lake Charles area.

A few Acadiana residents are loading up and delivering two box trailers full of supplies for the people of Cameron Parish and the Cajun Navy. Items accepted are hygiene products (soap, shampoo, toothpaste), bug spray, diapers, wipes, dog food, charcoal, gas cans, tarps, plastic bins, etc. Supplies can be delivered on Thursday between 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at American Tank Co., located at 301 North Bypass Highway in New Iberia. A box trailer will be in front of the building. Monetary donations are also accepted through PayPal.

There's a drop-off set in Lafayette for September 2 and 3:

Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., you can drop off donations of dry goods and money that Asbury United Methodist Church will distribute.

Items needed include baby food, diapers, water, generators, tarps, 12 penny nails, furring strips, box fans, gas cans, flat blade shovels, extension ladders, extension cords, flat bars, crowbars and rakes. You also can bring any non-perishable food items or personal care items.

Bring the donations to the Spiritwind Courtyard at Asbury, 101 Live Oak Boulevard. Today and tomorrow, there will be a tent set up at the donation site, courtesy of Butcher Air Conditioning.

Here's a donation drive aimed at helping Lake Charles Police Officers:

Louisiana Jeepers are holding a donation drive-by to help people affected by Laura. They will be at Rickey Smith's Audio in Lafayette taking donations on Saturday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. More information here.

Covenant Church is accepting donations Tuesday through Friday from 3:00 - 7 p.m. of water; sports drinks; individual bags of nuts, crackers, and snack foods; garbage bags; insect repellent; hand sanitizer; work gloves; and sunscreen. The truck will be filled each day from 3-7 p.m. and sent on the road west at 7 a.m. each morning. The truck is located at 300 E. Martial Ave. in Lafayette and will deliver supplies to different locations each day. For monetary donations, go to covenantum.org - the church will deliver 100% of donations of products and money to help those recovering from Laura.

Butcher A.C. & Heating and Asbury United Methodist Church will collect items and provide an easy-access tented drop off area to help the Hurricane Laura recovery efforts.

On Wednesday, September 2 and Thursday, September 3, from 8am to 3pm, donations of dry-goods and funds will be collected. Those donations will be delivered to those affected louisiana residents in need.

Items needed include: baby food, diapers, water, generators, tarps, 12 penny nals, furring strips, box fans, gas cans, flat blade shovels, extension ladders, extension cords, flat bars, crowbars, rakes.

Bring all donations to the Spiritwind Courtyard at Asbury United Methodist Church at 101 Live Oak Blvd, Lafayette, La from 8:00am - 12:00 pm Monday thru Friday throughout the weeks and months to come.

Waitr and its local Lafayette area-based partner restaurants are collecting essential supplies to benefit victims of Hurricane Laura in the Lake Charles area. The company will deliver all the items collected directly to Lake Charles. Waitr also announced it is accepting donations through its app and website, Waitrapp.com. Waitr will be working with charities and the local government to distribute these funds to those in need.

For the week-long donation drive, Waitr has partnered with Pizza Artista, Rotolo’s, and Great American Cookies. You can drop off donations at Waitr’s Lafayette headquarters at 214 Jefferson Street (use the rear parking lot entrance to drop off supplies), beginning today, September 2 through next Wednesday, September 9. Collection hours will be 10am-3pm today through Friday and again next Tuesday and Wednesday. Items can also be dropped off at each participating restaurant during their regular business hours. These include Pizza Artista, 219 St. Nazaire Road in Broussard; Rotolo’s, 200 Hector Connoly Road in Carencro; and Great American Cookie, 107 Arnould Boulevard in Lafayette.
of Waitr.

Along with monetary donations via the Waitr website and app, items being accepted include water (bottled and gallons), cleaning supplies, disinfectant wipes, empty gas containers, trash bags, paper products (toilet paper, towels, etc.), non-perishable food, travel size toiletries, hygiene products and baby items. Clothing will also be accepted, but please label for age and size so they can be distributed appropriately.

Thunder Elite 10U will hold a donation drive on Sunday in the parking lot of the Piggly Wiggly in Mamou at 11 a.m. They're asking for donations of bottled water, gallon water, cleaning supplies, garbage bags, non-perishable food, blankets, sleeping bags, gently used clothing, shoes, tarps, gas cans, personal hygiene items, diapers, baby wipes, baby bottles, and any personal care items.

The Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office will host a Supply Drive beginning Tuesday, September 1st through Thursday, September 3, 2020, for parishes affected by Hurricane Laura. Supplies can be dropped off between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. in the main lobby at the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office located at 1037 Capitol Ave., in Crowley. Suggested donations include non-perishable food items, snacks, water, personal hygiene products, cleaning supplies, work gloves, mosquito repellent, etc.

From Tuesday to Thursday (Sept. 1-3), the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, AmeriCorps community service program and Department of Athletics will be collecting donations at Cajun Field to benefit those impacted by Hurricane Laura at McNeese State and its surrounding communities. Acadiana residents are asked to donate bottled water (singular bottles or jugs); bottled sports drinks; dry/nonperishable foods (canned or boxed items); cleaning supplies; and personal care items. Donations will be accepted from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. each day. Those interested in donating clothing or bedding are asked to do so at any Goodwill of Acadiana or Salvation Army thrift store. Gathered relief supplies will be transported to Lake Charles inside the football program's equipment truck on Saturday, September 5, and student-athletes will unload the supplies at a designated location within McNeese State's campus.

Acadiana residents interested in making donations are asked to give the following suggested items: bottled water (singular bottles or jugs), bottled sports drinks, dry/nonperishable foods that include canned or boxed items, cleaning supplies (rags, cloths, sponges, mops, gloves, trash bags, tarps) and personal care items (soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, feminine hygiene products, diapers and wipes).

Opportunities to make donations this coming week at the Cajun Field parking lot will run from 3-6 p.m., with Ragin' Cajuns student-athletes, AmeriCorps volunteers and students manning the area to assist in a safe, contact-free drop-off process. Vehicles are asked to enter the parking lot from Gate 5 adjacent to Cajundome Boulevard and will exit onto Congress Street at Gate 4. Those interested in donating clothing or bedding are asked to make those donations at any Goodwill of Acadiana location or Salvation Army Thrift Store.

Gathered relief supplies will be transported to Lake Charles inside the football program's equipment truck on Saturday, Sept. 5, and student-athletes will unload the supplies at a designated location with McNeese State's campus.

Basset Furniture and Galleries Acadiana is collecting donations through September 11 to "fill a truck" for the victims of Hurricane Laura.

Please drop off what you can and we will make sure to get it to those in need. We will be accepting donation of non-perishable food, pet food, water, Gatorade, cleaning supplies, paper good, grab and go food and snacks, tents, ice chest, bug spray, tarps, etc. Monetary donations and gift cards are also welcome and appreciated. We will also be collecting furniture in good condition to help in the recovery.

Donations can be dropped of Monday-Sunday 9am-5pm at 501 Acadiana Mall Circle, Lafayette, LA. 70503

The New Iberia Firefighters Association is asking for donations for those in the Lake Charles area. Donations can be dropped off at central fire station, 560 Charles Street in New Iberia. Seems like Bottled water, personal and hygiene supplies, non perishable food, tarps etc are the most in demand.

The Opelousas Police Department is collecting items for those affected. You can drop off donations at the Opelousas Police Department between 9am and 5pm.

Here's what is needed: - Cleaning supplies- Mops & Brooms- Trash Bags- Toiletries- Bleach- Gloves- Mosquito Repellent- Buckets- Rags- Scrub Brushes- Personal Hygiene Products- Bath towels & wash rags- Shampoo- Soap- Feminine Hygiene Products- Hand Sanitizer- Handi wipes Or reusable wipes- Paper masks- Laundry detergent- Diapers and Formula- Stuffed animals- Nonperishable food items- dog and cat food- pet kennels of all sizes- dog/cat leashes- batteries- rubber boots- bottled water- flash lights- undergarments- colors and coloring books

The Lighthouse Missionary Baptist Church in Franklin, New Iberia, and Abbeville under the leadership of Dr. Allen R. Randle, Sr. will open their church campuses as an Emergency Distribution Center. They are seeking to provide assistance with aiding the victims of the recent hurricane and flooding. The church is asking for donations of non-perishable food items, water, personal hygiene products and cleaning supplies. Items can be dropped off at any of the 3 campuses from 12:00PM to 6:00PM Monday-Friday:

  • 1110 Barrow Street in Franklin, La,
  • 321 Center Street in New Iberia, La,
  • 1001 1/2 Cuba Street in Abbeville, La.

The Missions Ministry at Lighthouse will be traveling to Lake Charles to feed the community and drop off emergency supplies.
St. Edmond Catholic Church Parish will begin collecting cleaning supplies on Monday, August 31 and ending on Saturday September the 5th. They will distribute these goods to those in need to the West of us in order to help those victims of Hurricane Laura, and who need to get their homes back to some kind of normalcy as quickly as possible. This is an opportunity to give to really make a difference in someone’s life.

Cleaning supplies can include: rakes, brooms, dustpans, mops and buckets, any types of cleaning agents, ( liquid or otherwise) , dust rags, paper towels, large and small plastic garbage bags, nitrile gloves, work gloves and bottled water. And of course, if you cannot get out to make these purchases , please know that we will accept checks made payable to St. Edmond Catholic Church. You may bring your donation to the Family Center at Center Edmond Catholic Church, 4131 West Congress Street, Lafayette, this coming Monday August 31st through Saturday , September 5th th,. From 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM

If you'd like to donate to a group buying supplies to take to Lake Charles, check out these T-shirts:

Acadian Search and Rescue is making a supply run to Lake Charles.
If you'd like to help, you can drop off supplies at:

Kaplan Fire Department
Hot Food Express 3013 Cameron st. Lafayette
Super Taters 5545 Cameron st. Scott

Here are the items needed:

  • Adult and children hygiene items
  • Diapers
  • Non perishable food
  • Laundry detergent
  • Baby formula
  • Tarps
  • Bottled water
  • Toilet paper
  • Bug spray
  • Generators

The Port Barre Police Department and Fire District 2- Port Barre, will be collecting supplies for the victims of hurricane Laura as well. If you want to help those that have been devastated by this storm, please bring supplies to the Port Barre Police Department. The plan is to take the supplies to Lake Charles this week.

This is a list of items needed:
Cleaning supplies
Mops, brooms
Trash bags
toiletry items
BleachGloves
Mosquito repellent
Buckets
Cleaning rags
Scrub brushes
Personal hygiene products
Bath towels and wash rags
shampoo
soap
feminine products
hand sanitizer
Handi Wipes or reusable wipes
Paper masks
Laundry detergent
Diapers and formula for babies
Stuffed animal dolls (to help comfort little children)
Canned goods and nonperishable food items
Dog and cat food
Pet kennels of all sizes
Dog and cat leashes
batteries
Rubber boots
Bottled water
Flash lights
New under garments and socks for both male and females of all ages and sizes
colors and coloring books, crossword and word-search booklets, ink pens
large plastic storage containers
School supplies
Plastic utensils/ paper plates/ disposable cups
Ibuprofen/ Tylenol

*Please do not donate clothing

A group of young women in Acadiana are working together to feed those affected by the storm on September 6. They plan to cook a red beans and rice dinner that day; if you'd like to help by donating, you can send via Venmo to @RYELEYBROUSSARD or via Cashapp to $RyeleyBroussard.

They're also putting care packages together, and need donations of toiletries and personal care items, like toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine products, etc. If you have items to donate, you can reach them as follows:
for the Delcambre/Erath area, text Katie at 3373806511. For the New Iberia/Loreauville area, text Ryeley at 3373393823. For the Youngsville/Lafayette area, text Katelyn at 3379673366.

Courtesy Buick GMC is accepting donations of water; nonperishable food; clothes for men women children; personal hygiene products; clothes for babies, diapers and wipes. Donations will be accepted at its Lafayette store located at 4750 Johnston St. from 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.