Lafayette Parish - The Acadiana region was largely spared the worst of Hurricane Ida as it ripped through the state yesterday. Now, folks in Acadiana are ready to help those who were most affected.
For Craig Spadoni, he and his business have provided for those in need following a natural disaster in the past. So, in the aftermath of hurricane Ida, getting together a response effort was a no brainer.
"We’re collecting hurricane relief supplies, nonperishable food items, cleaning supplies of all sorts," said Spadoni, the owner of Bead Busters & Float Rentals.
The Acadiana region has been lucky when it comes to hurricanes - Laura, Delta, Zeta and now Ida. But as Spadoni said, the region has needed help in the past.
"When we were in need in 2016, we had the community outside of Acadiana, all across the country help us," he said.
Now that the shoe is on the other foot, he said it’s time to step up and help those who were there when our region needed it most.
"Since we were spared, we have the opportunity now to help our neighbors in New Orleans, Laplace, Baton Rouge, just all over," Spadoni said.
Spadoni is a New Orleans native who is no stranger to tragedy, he said he just wants to ease the pain of those affected by Ida in any way he can.
"I know the feeling of loss, and I know people that have passed away from storms," Spadoni said. "So, it does hit home, and I want to do anything in my power to ease the pain of others."
Here is a list of items being accepted:
- Mold Killer
- Leaf rakes
- Pet food
- Bug spray
- First aid kits
- Rubber gloves
- Garbage bags
- 5 gallon buckets
- Sports drinks
- Baby formula
- Toilet paper
- Paper towels
- Tire repair kits
- School supplies
- Large plastic tarps
- New toys, not used
- Plastic totes/containers
- Non perishable food items
- Cleaning supplies of all kinds
- Flat head shovels (not the pointed kind)
- Feminine and personal hygiene products
- We will NOT be accepting clothes.
Donations can be dropped off at Bead Busters & Float Rentals LLC, 2034 Bonin Road, Youngsville, LA. Hours of operation are 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
For more information you can call 337-857-552 or visit their FaceBook page.