The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is collecting donations at Cajun Field this week to send west to their collegiate neighbors at McNeese State University and other affected members of the community.
Donations will be accepted Tuesday, September 1, to Thursday, September 3, at Cajun Field. The collection is being held by UL Lafayette, AmeriCorps community service program, and the UL Department of Athletics.
Residents are asked to donate the following 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)
Personal care items (soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, feminine hygiene products, diapers and wipes)
All of the above are needed - but a representative says the community needs bottled water the most.
Vehicles are asked to enter the parking lot at Cajun Field from Gate 5 adjacent to Cajundome Boulevard and will exit onto Congress St. at Gate 4. Those interested in donating bedding or clothing 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, September 5, and student-athletes will unload the supplies at a designated location within McNeese State's campus.
Of the community, Assistant Athletic Director for Communications and Digital Strategy Patrick Crawford said, "We see it with our own athletic department. People are so giving. So what we wanted to do is present an opportunity - it's not going to impact Lafayette whatsoever, but we have a huge opportunity here to help some people down the road that could really use it. What we can do collectively to help others, it just tells you a lot about the great people that live around here."
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