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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 2021-09-21 16:42:28-04

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

Acadiana Freemasons have been providing help to hurricane victims. Masonic Lodges in Gueydan and Abbeville have served almost 2,000 plates of jambalaya in the last 10 days. Masonic Lodges in Acadiana and their members have contributed substantial funds to purchase supplies to bring to those in need. Hope Lodge #145 is still actively involved with Hurricane Ida relief and will open its doors to receive donations from people in Lafayette. Tarps, bleach, cleaning supplies of all kind, non-perishable food, canned meat, etc. are all needed. Members will be at the lodge on Saturday, September 18th from 9am to 4pm to receive donations. The Lodge is located at 101 Carl St. which is at the corner of Carl and Devalcourt Streets.

Acadiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (AVOAD) announces the date for their Multi-Agency Resource Center which will benefit Hurricane Ida evacuees. The event is scheduled for Thursday, September 9 and will be held at the Goodwill of Acadiana Corporate Office located at 2435 W. Congress Street in Lafayette from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm. A supply and meal distribution provided by the Gifting Grace Project will also be held during the event.

All Albertsons Companies stores in the Southern Division, including Louisiana, are participating in disaster relief fundraising which began on Tuesday, August 31st. In addition, Albertsons Companies will donate an additional $100,000 to the cause. All funds go directly to local organizations providing food and water to help those who need it most. Customers can help by donating at check-out through the pin-pad at all Albertsons stores throughout Louisiana. Simply select an amount at the pin-pad during the payment process. Every dollar helps.

This campaign is going on in Albertsons Companies stores throughout the Southern Division which include Albertsons, Tom Thumb, and Randalls stores in Louisiana and Texas.

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.

Walmart is launching a register campaign to support the American Red Cross at all Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs across the U.S. between September 2-8 to help those affected by Ida get the resources they need to recover and begin rebuilding.

The company will match dollar-for-dollar customer donations up to $5 million through the close of business Wednesday, September 8. Customers and members will have the opportunity to donate any amount, or round-up their purchase to the nearest dollar with the change going to the American Red Cross to support communities impacted by hurricanes, floods and fires in 2021. That means these monies can also be allocated to assist with Hurricane Ida recovery.

The register campaign is in addition to the $5 million commitment for response efforts to Hurricane Ida announced Monday, for a total of up to $10 million from Walmart, the Walmart Foundation and Sam’s Club to help with disaster relief and response.

Brookshire Grocery Co. is launching a relief campaign for customers to donate to the American Red Cross for people who are affected by Hurricane Ida. Through Sept. 14, all Brookshire’s, Super 1 Foods, Spring Market and FRESH by Brookshire’s stores will have $1, $3, and $5 coupons available for customers to make monetary donations at checkout. The donations will go to the American Red Cross relief efforts for those affected by the hurricane.

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.

Resident TY Fenroy is collecting supplies for their hometown Laplace. Anyone willing to help can contact Fenroy to will meet them at Cajun Field for pick up for supplies or donate. For more information, call 337-212-4836 or email Fenroyt@gmail.com. To donate money: Cashapp $Fenroy32; Venmo @Fenroy32; or PayPal @Tyfenroy.

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.

Bon Ami Riding Club and 21 Brotherhood PSMC are teaming up to collect donations for a supply drive to help in the relief efforts for Hurricane Ida victims. The groups will be collecting in the parking lots of various locations in Calcasieu Parish. Donations are being collected this weekend and will be delivered next weekend to Houma and outlying area residents.

Items being accepted include non-perishable food items, water, cleaning products, laundry supplies, baby supplies, snacks, fans, gloves, medicine, tarps, candles, pet food, and more. Monetary donations to assist with fuel to deliver and additional relief supplies can be brought to any collection site the day of or sent via Venmo (@bryanjamiecrochet). For questions, contact Jamie Crochet at 337-287-2050.

Donation sites are:
Sulphur/Carlyss - Wayne's Deli
Moss Bluff - Rouse's Market
Lake Charles - Old KMart lot
Iowa - Across from Stine Lumber
Westlake - Market Basket

LAFAYETTE PARISH

Professional golfer Chris Arceneaux is collaborating with several Lafayette companies and agencies to help out those impacted by Hurricane Ida.
Supplies will be distributed to storm victims throughout the state.
The drive will be held on Wednesday, September 29, from 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. and Thursday, September 30, from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. at Holy Rosary Event Center, located at 421 Carmel Drive in Lafayette. The center has a circular drive, so you don't have to get out of your vehicle when you are dropping off donations.
Items being accepted include cases of bottled water, cleaning supplies, baby and infant supplies, first-aid items, and personal care products.

Unique Health & Fitness is accepting donations for those affected by Hurricane Ida now until September 17. They will then travel to deliver the donations and volunteer in a community on September 18. Items accepted include cleaning supplies, non-perishable foods, clothing, toiletries, and demo supplies. Donations can be dropped off at Unique Fitness, located at 3366 Verot School Road in Lafayette. For more info, call 337-346-5115.

Ashley HomeStore in Lafayette, 200 Westmark Blvd. at Ambassador Caffery Parkway, is hosting a food and clothing collection drive for victims of Hurricane Ida now through Friday, September 10. Drop-off hours are today (Wednesday) through Friday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Supplies will be delivered to families in the impacted areas on Saturday. Supplies needed include bottled water, electrolyte powder for drinks, beef jerky, men’s socks, underwear and t-shirts, deodorant, insect repellent, and sunscreen, diaper rash ointment, and baby wipes. For more information, contact Ashley HomeStore at (337) 294-0030.

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).

St Edmond's Catholic Church will start collecting cleaning supplies (including bleach, soaps, mops, brooms, cleaning towels, soaps, personal hygiene supplies) and bottled water on Thursday, September 2nd, and will be receiving supplies at the Family Center (4131 West Congress St. in Lafayette) every day from 7:00 AM til 6:00 PM until Friday September 10 at 6:00 PM. The products will be distributed in the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, our neighbors to the East. For those who cannot shop for these products, a check can be made to St Edmond Catholic Church with the notation Hurricane Relief. We will purchase items to help them out. All you have to do is drive up and we will help you unload. Your generosity is most appreciated. Any questions, please call St Edmond Catholic Church, 337-981-0874.

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.

Louisiana-based Waitr and its local Lafayette area-based partner restaurants are collecting essential supplies to benefit victims of Hurricane Ida in Southeast Louisiana. The donation drive begins today and runs through next Friday, September 10. The company will deliver all the items collected directly to the area. In addition, Waitr has already purchased truckloads of bottled water that will be delivered in the next few days.

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.

Ascension Episcopal School has partnered with United Way of Acadiana to offer its three campuses as drop-off locations for the food and supply drive. Drop offs can be made at any campus beginning tomorrow until Friday, September 17. River Ranch Campus and Downtown Campus items may be dropped off in carpool. SMP Campus donations may be left in the foyer area in the front of the school.

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

The Pentecostals of Lafayette
They 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.

Holy Cross Catholic Church in Lafayette is asking for volunteers to help collect items donated for the Hurricane Ida Supply Drive. Two volunteers are needed for each shift and items will be collected at the old rectory house behind the church on the fire station side.

Shifts begin Tuesday, September 7th and continue through Friday, September 17th. Please NOTE - there will be no collections on Saturday and Sunday.

Shifts:

Monday – Thursday
8:30 am – 10:00 am, 10:00 am – Noon 12:00 pm,
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Friday
8:30 am – 10:00 am, 10:00 am – Noon 12:00 pm

Click the link below to sign up to volunteer.
https://signup.com/go/sNsboKE

All Jacked Up Jeepers is holding a Hurricane Ida Food and Clothing Drive. Beginning Monday, September 6 until Friday, September 10, the community can drop off items at the Ashley Homestore at 200 Westmark Blvd in Lafayette. Donations can be brought to the warehouse behind Hooters. Those dropping off items are asked not to enter from the store. Items can be dropped off from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm each day.

Items being accepted include:

  • Water
  • Men's Socks
  • Underwear
  • T-Shirts
  • Body Powder
  • Diaper Rash Ointment
  • Baby Wipes
  • Sun Screen
  • Beef Jerky
  • Bug Spray
  • Deodorant
  • Electrolyte Powder for drinks

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

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.

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.