One of the most beautiful aspects of Cajun life is how individuals band together to help those in need. Though Louisiana has taken a catastrophic hit, stories of hope, love and compassion have shined through the bleakness.
With the Lafourche area spared from rising flood waters that pushed our brother and sister Cajuns out of their homes in other parts of the state, natives in the southern part of the state jumped into action organizing donation drop off sites, donation hauls and even rescue missions with their own boats.
Most websites and organizations say that the main need at this moment is for water, food (including infant formula), toiletries and personal hygiene products (adult and infant) and cleaning supplies.
Some shelters are only taking certain items as they are being bombarded with too much of one thing, such as clothing.
Listed below are some of the other supplies sought for the thousands of people who have taken refuge in shelters throughout the state: baby wipes, diapers, toilet paper, laundry detergent, feminine products, new socks and underwear, general hygiene products, combs and brushes, sanitizer, pillows, blankets, towels, paper towels, cleaning products, bleach, gloves, masks, brooms, shovels, non-perishable and microwavable food items with pull tab tops, baby formula, baby bottles, adult diapers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, car seats, bottled water, Ziplocs, plastic utensils, phone chargers, Children’s Motrin and Tylenol, bandages, to go boxes, toiletries, disposable diaper bags, pacifiers, diaper rash cream, clothing of all sizes for infants, children, men and women, coloring books and colors for children, small stuffed animals or toys, band-aids, first aid kits, maternity clothing, Wal-Mart or grocery store plastic bags, totes, blankets, school uniforms, bedding, etc.
Listed below are several local drop-off sites in the area that are still accepting supplies along with the times drop offs can be made.
• Lafourche Council on Aging / Senior Centers: Accepting donations for senior citizens. Can be anything. All senior centers and LCOA’s main office, 4876 Hwy. 1in Mathews, will be accepting donations through Tuesday, Aug. 23.
• Lil Sweet Peas: Cut Off and Houma Locations: Accepting items 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. through Friday, August 26. Asking for mainly cleaning supplies, large garbage bags, food items, toiletries.
• South Lafourche High School – Galliano: Accepting items 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. with no deadline as of now. Accepting all items.
• Balcony Restaurant – Larose: Accepting items between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. with no deadline as of now. Asking for mainly food, water, cleaning supplies and toiletries.
• Vision Communications Customer Service Lobby – Larose: Accepting items between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (6 p.m. on Thursday) with no deadline as of now. Accepting clothes, non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies, house goods, furniture, house fixtures, pet supplies, school supplies, toys, kitchen appliances, bedding, pillows, blankets, building supplies, tools, etc. Arrangements for larger items should be made prior to drop off by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Jean Wells at 693-0775.
• Bayou Florist – Galliano: Drop offs accepted Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For pick-ups, call 985-696-7834 or 985-258-5789. Accepting non-perishable food items, toiletries, toilet paper, adult diapers, unopened packs of socks and underwear, cleaning supplies, animal supplies, water, first aid items, medicine, baby items, etc. No set deadline.
• The Claiborne at Thibodaux – 2495 Talbot Ave.: Accepting donations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through September 16.
Posted on Fri, August 19, 2016
by The Lafourche Gazette