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Want to help after Ida? Here's how

Helping Hands
Posted at 5:15 PM, Aug 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-19 22:22:43-04

Here are several ways you can assist people who need help after Hurricane Ida.

Note: No one is accepting used clothing, and only two groups are accepting new clothing. If you have clothing to give away, it is suggested that you take it to the Salvation Army or Goodwill.

AROUND ACADIANA

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is responding to help our friends across southeastern Louisiana. Here's how you can help:

Give to the Student Emergency Fund - The Student Emergency Fund will be used to assist the 3,900 students from southeastern Louisiana who cannot meet urgent and immediate expenses in Hurricane Ida's aftermath.

Support a student-organized supply drive - Students are stepping up to assist in storm relief efforts, including collecting water, paper goods, masks, and other essential supplies that they'll deliver to the hardest hit areas.

Acadian SAR is taking donations for supplies for those impacted by Ida. They are looking for water, Gatorades, snacks (jerky, meal bars, etc.), non-perishable foods, fuel gift cards, money donations, generators, tarps, buckets, cleaning supplies, diapers, adult diapers, wipes, household cleaning supplies, over the counter medicine, feminine products, pet food, livestock food and more. Anything is appreciated. Contact khouri at 3373517730 for pick up or bring to the Kaplan Fire Deptartment or Super Tater in Scott. Monetary donations can be made through Paypal at PayPal.me/acadiansar.

Local wildlife rehabilitators are helping wildlife impacted by Ida. A staging area has been set up in Youngsville for supplies coming in from other states. Financial donations and gas are being accepted. Organizers say formulas for the wildlife are specific, so donations of money would help best. To assist or for more information, contact Letitia Labbie at 337-288-5146.

All Dollar General stores from Cade to Morgan City are accepting donations for food, water and essential items to help those impacted by Hurricane Ida. Donations can be dropped off at all locations in Iberia and St. Mary parishes.

CALCASIEU PARISH

The United Way of Southwest Louisiana is accepting donations of new and unused goods at the Lake Charles Civic Center in Lake Charles, from 9 am to 4 pm on Monday through Thursday and 9 am to 2 pm on Fridays. An online donation tracking form for hurricane goods has been activated on United Way of Southwest Louisiana’s website. At this time, no second-hand clothing, bedding or toys will be accepted. Items will be routinely taken to the Houma and Thibodaux areas in Terrebonne Parish due to the widespread devastation already seen. Here's the website.

LAFAYETTE PARISH

Dave Broussard AC and Heating in Broussard is collecting supplies that will be trucked over to the Lafourche/Terrebonne area every week. You can drop them at the shop, located at 101 Jared Drive, from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The truck will deliver on the weekends. The supplies they need are: bug spray, flashlights, non-perishable food, water, ice chests, fans, batteries, extension cords, baby wipes and diapers, tarps, pillows, paper towels, toilet paper, oil for generators, gas and gas cans, gift cards, cleaning supplies, hygiene products, first aid kits, candles, air mattresses, buckets and storage containers. What they need most are non-perishable food, water, baby wipes, diapers and tarps.

The Hurricane Relief Donation and Distribution Center located in Beads Busters and Float Rentals in Youngsville is open and accepting donations from 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. The center is located at 2034 Bonin Road. Supplies needed include cleaning supplies of all kinds, bleach, mold killer, leaf rakes, flat head shovels, 5-gallon buckets, rubber gloves, garbage bags, squeegees, large plastic tarps, mops, water, sports drinks, wipes, diapers, baby formula, First aid kits, Bug spray, Tire repair kits, Non perishable food items, Toilet paper, Feminine and personal hygiene products, Paper towels, School supplies, New toys, not used, Pet food. NO CLOTHES will be accepted. Call 337-857-5552 for more information.

The Lafayette Professional Firefighters Association is collecting supplies "to be delivered to our brothers and sisters who are dealing with the effects of the hurricane. These items can be dropped off at any Lafayette fire station," a post states. The items needed are: tarps, roofing nails, large trash bags, work gloves, bleach, paper towels, general cleaning supplies, detergent, personal hygiene products (for males and females), water (drinking and gallon).

Cardon Sales Company is holding a donation drive for families affected by Ida. Items accepted include water, tarps, bleach, mold killer, buckets, rakes, garbage bags, mops, wipes, diapers, first aid kits, toilet paper, paper towels, baby formula, and more. Clothes will not be accepted. Donations can be dropped off at 213 Cummings Road in Broussard from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. M-F and 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. S-S. For questions or more information, call 337-280-3157 or 337-849-7623.

Grub Burger Bar is hosting a donation site for supplies needed by evacuees from Hurricane Ida. The restaurant will distribute these items each weekend to various shelters and disaster relief sites in need. They are accepting items like batteries, blankets, flashlights, masks, NEW clothes for all ages, pet supplies, tarps, ropes, and more. They are not accepting cash; if you'd like to donate money, you're asked to do so through organizations like the Red Cross. Donations can be dropped off at 1905 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette, every day from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

All clubs at Johnston Street Bingo will be collecting supplies for hurricane relief efforts in the Thibodaux area. The following is a list of basic supplies requested from their first responder contacts in the area: plastic utensils, paper plates, blue tarps, random snack foods, bath towels, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, baby powder, toothpaste, and plastic cups. PAL905 representatives will be making deliveries starting Wednesday and frequently after that as supply stocks become available. Feel free come to the hall during our working hours (everyday from 5-10PM as well as all day Saturday and Sunday) to drop off supplies.

Waitr is partnering with Pizzaville USA, Twin Burgers & Sweets, Dean-O’s Pizza and Prejean’s. You can also drop off donations at Waitr’s Lafayette headquarters at 214 Jefferson Street from 9am-4pm Monday-Friday.

Items can be dropped off at each participating restaurant during their regular business hours. These include:

  • Pizzaville USA - 114 A Derek Plaza Drive, Carencro, LA 70520
  • Twins Burgers & Sweets - 2801 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 705
  • Twins Burgers & Sweets - 103 Centre Sarcelle Blvd, Youngsville, LA 70592
  • Dean-O’s Pizza - 305 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette, LA 70506
  • Prejean’s - 3480 NE Evangeline Throughway, Lafayette, LA 70507

Needed items 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.

RE/MAX Acadiana is currently accepting donations for Hurricane Ida victims to help the Houma area.

Drop off location is at 114 Curran Ln off Ambassador Caffery (across from the Wal-mart). RE/ MAX Acadiana has partnered with the Houma Fire department, LIFE church in Houma to distribute the following items:

  • Non-perishables
  • Hygiene products and toiletries
  • Baby formula and diapers
  • OTC medicines and 1st aid supplies
  • Batteries
  • Trash bags
  • Tarps
  • Cleaning supplies

Rotary Clubs of Lafayette and Lafayette North; Family Promise of Acadiana; Share Care USA; GMFS Mortgage and The Hand Up Thrift (HUT)

Drop-off - Hut at 105 Leonie Street for Dulac

The supplies needed include: bleach, work gloves, rags, dish detergent, adult diapers, money, non-perishables, rakes, shovels, toiletries, 409 or Awesome, mops, brooms, sponges, rubber gloves, kids' blankets, coloring books and crayons; fly swatters, bug spray and fly strips/paper; pet food, baby diapers, first aid items, box fans, chain saws and oil for them.

The Pentecostals of Lafayette are accepting donations for Hurricane Ida relief. Watch the video for all information regarding the relief work they are or doing or the public can also give monetary donations at tpolchurch.com/ or drop-off items at 6214 Johnston St. where donors can follow signage that will lead them to the drop-off center.

IBERIA PARISH

ST. LANDRY PARISH

St. Landry Chamber of Commerce at 109 W. Vine St is accepting donations for the hurricane victims.

ST. MARTIN PARISH

ST. MARY PARISH

The Morgan City Police Department says they are continuing to collect items for the Houma Police Department. Items can be brought to the Morgan City Police Department located at 723 Myrtle Street in Morgan City. Items needed are as follows:

  • Water
  • Powerade/Gatorade
  • Hygiene Products (Male and Female)
  • Energy Drinks
  • Refrigerator Food Items

VERMILION PARISH

The BeeHive in Abbeville will hold a fundraiser to assist those affected by Hurricane Ida. There will be 50/50 pool and a doubles pool tournament, along with a plate lunch. Pickup is on November 6 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. All proceeds will go to Hurricane Ida victims in Houma. The BeeHive is located at 1101 South State Street in Abbeville.

ONLINE DONATIONS

Catholic Charities of Acadiana is asking for donations via their Amazon Wishlist. "Help us respond to survivors of Hurricane Ida. Shop our Amazon Wishlist to get essential relief supplies shipped directly to our warehouse," a post states. Here's the link.

Holy Family Catholic Church Dulac, La - Venmo - in need of generators and volunteers at 6641 Grand Caillou Rd, Dulac, La.

New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson has announced a $1 million donation to the Gulf Coast Renewal Fund to support the community throughout Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. To get more information or to donate, go here: NewOrleansSaints.com/hurricaneida.

The Louisiana Bar Foundation has established a Hurricane Ida Disaster Fund and is seeking donations to help local organizations doing on-the-ground response work to help families ASAP. “We have activated the hurricane disaster fund to aid our network of civil legal aid providers that work extraordinarily hard to meet emergency needs and protect our most vulnerable population,” said Christopher K. Ralston, the 2021-22 president of LBF. Donate Now to the Hurricane Ida Disaster Fund.

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