Help Those Affected by Hurricane Laura

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Help Those Affected by Hurricane Laura

Posted: Aug 28, 2020 2:08 PM
Updated: Sep 3, 2020 2:26 PM

Waitr and Local Restaurants to Collect Items in Lafayette for Hurricane Laura Donation Drive

Lafayette, LA – Waitr and its local Lafayette area-based partner restaurants are collecting essential supplies to benefit victims of Hurricane Laura in the Lake Charles area. The company will deliver all the items collected directly to Lake Charles. Waitr also announced it is accepting donations through its app and website, Waitr will be working with charities and the local government to distribute these funds to those in need.

For the week-long donation drive, Waitr has partnered with Pizza Artista, Rotolo’s, and Great American Cookies. You can drop off donations at Waitr’s Lafayette headquarters at 214 Jefferson Street (use the rear parking lot entrance to drop off supplies), beginning today, September 2 through next Wednesday, September 9. Collection hours will be 10am-3pm today through Friday and again next Tuesday and Wednesday.

Items can also be dropped off at each participating restaurant during their regular business hours. These include Pizza Artista, 219 St. Nazaire Road in Broussard; Rotolo’s, 200 Hector Connoly Road in Carencro; and Great American Cookie, 107 Arnould Boulevard in Lafayette.

Already this week, Waitr employees have been making daily trips to Lake Charles bringing supplies purchased by the company. In addition, Waitr has provided hotel rooms for its displaced employees.

“There are large numbers of employees, customers, restaurants and driver partners along with others we know well in the hurricane-affected areas who need extra support getting back on their feet. Working together, we can make it happen more quickly,” said Carl Grimstad, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Waitr.

Along with monetary donations via the Waitr website and app, items being accepted 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. Clothing will also be accepted, but please label for age and size so they can be distributed appropriately.

Waitr and its sister brand Bite Squad connect local restaurants and grocery stores to hungry diners in underserved U.S. markets. Together they are a convenient way to discover, order and receive great food from local restaurants, grocery stores and national chains. As of June 30, 2020, Waitr and Bite Squad operated in small and medium sized markets in the United States in over 600 cities.

American Red Cross

Coming ashore as a category 4 storm and leaving behind incredible devastation, Hurricane Laura is one of the strongest hurricanes ever to make landfall in Louisiana. The American Red Cross is on the ground working closely with local officials and partners to mount a massive relief effort to provide help to people in need.
Hundreds of thousands of people are without power. And while the full extent of damage isn’t yet known, preliminary estimates indicate that some 8,000 homes could either be destroyed or have sustained major damage across Louisiana and Texas.
We encourage safety and staying out of harm’s way above all. People in life-threatening situations should call 911. To find an open shelter, call 211, visit or view open shelters through the Red Cross Emergency app. If you don’t have access to a computer or smart phone, call 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767) where you will be provided with sheltering options near you.
To help people affected by Hurricane Laura, the Red Cross has mobilized more than 900 trained disaster workers to support relief efforts on the ground or virtually. Thursday night, more than 14,000 people were provided a safe place to stay by various agencies in emergency lodgings, including shelters and, in some circumstances, hotels. While our work may vary depending on local plans, Red Cross workers are helping to replace prescription medications, eyeglasses and offer emotional support.
In some instances, the Red Cross is supporting local shelters by providing cots, blankets, personal protective equipment and ready-to-eat meals. The Red Cross is also helping to support evacuees placed in hotel rooms. The Red Cross is working with a variety of community groups to set up kitchens and partnerships to help provide tens of thousands of meals daily. It’s important to remember that responding to disasters is a team effort and no single organization can do it alone — this is particularly true in this current environment.

The Red Cross will be providing support for weeks to come. You can make a difference in the lives of people impacted by Hurricane Laura. Visit, call 800-RED-CROSS or text the word LAURA to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster. This includes providing food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support and other assistance. Ensure your donation helps people affected by Hurricane Laura by choosing that option on or 800-RED-CROSS.
We encourage eligible blood donors in parts of the country unaffected by the storm to give blood or platelets to help ensure a sufficient blood supply. Prior to landfall, the Red Cross pre-positioned additional blood products to ensure hospitals are stocked to weather this dangerous storm and its impacts.
If you have the time, you can make a significant impact as a Red Cross volunteer. Review our most urgently needed volunteer positions here:
Financial donations are the quickest and best way to get help to those who need it most. They help the Red Cross provide shelter, meals, relief supplies, emotional support, recovery planning and other assistance during disasters. Donations of clothing and household items divert resources away from our mission – whereas financial donations can be used right away to directly help those affected. Financial donations can be accessed quickly and allow more flexibility to give people what they need most.
Before collecting or dropping off donations of clothing or household items, please call the Red Cross to see if these items are needed. We might accept large, bulk donations of new items if they fit the needs of people affected. When possible, the Red Cross partners with organizations that manage donations of goods as part of their primary mission. In all cases, due to health code regulations, the Red Cross cannot accept donations of homecooked meals or food items not prepared in a commercial kitchen.
Learn more about our efforts in Texas and Louisiana

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Red Cross to Establish Fixed Relief Sites in Southwest Louisiana 

The American Red Cross of Louisiana and its partners will be establishing several fixed distribution sites today, Sunday August 30, in Calcasieu and Beauregard parishes. At these sites residents will be able to pick up emergency supplies such as clean-up kits, tarps, flashlights, gloves, masks, shovels, rakes, hand sanitizer and trash bags.

Calcasieu parish will have two fixed sites distributing the above supplies from 12:00PM – 3:00PM:
Site #1: Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 N. Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70601
Site #2: McMurry Park, 300 South Hazel Street Sulphur, LA 70663

Beauregard Parish will have two fixed sites distributing the above supplies from 12:00PM – 3:00PM:
Site #1: Park Terrace Shopping Center, 1011 N Pine Street, Deridder, LA 70634
Site #2: South Beauregard Elementary, 12380 Highway 171, Longville, LA 70652

Additional distribution sites will be established in the coming days. We encourage everyone to follow our Twitter and Facebook pages at ARCLouisiana for updated information as it becomes available.

Blood Donations Needed after Hurricane Laura

As our communities begin the recovery phase after Hurricane Laura, Vitalant encourages donors to consider donating blood now and in the coming days to replenish the blood supply. Hurricane Laura has impacted the blood supply and has resulted in the loss of almost 400 blood donations due to blood drive cancellations and the closing of donation centers.

In response to Laura, Vitalant’s donation centers will open Friday, August 28 from 8am-3pm at our Lafayette (1503 Bertrand Drive), Baton Rouge (8234 One Calais) and Morgan City (1234 David Dr. #102) donation centers. Normal center hours will resume Saturday, August 29.

As we begin to pick up after the destruction caused by Hurricane Laura, our communities can work together to ensure that patients receive the blood donations they rely on. Even through the pandemic and Hurricane Laura, there are still cancer patients, newborn babies, sickle cell patients, trauma victims and many more who rely on blood donations every two seconds of every single day of the year. Donations of all blood types are needed right now.

Please schedule your appointment to donate as soon as conditions are safe enough for you to travel at or call 1-877-25-VITAL (258-4825).

In order to effectively uphold social distancing standards, appointments are strongly encouraged. Face coverings are required for all donors and staff. Please come to your donation with a face covering that covers both your nose and mouth.

All successful blood donations will be tested for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. For more information, please visit If you have recovered from COVID-19, are at least 28 days symptom free and are interested in donating convalescent plasma, please visit

As one of the nation’s foremost blood providers and transfusion medicine research centers, Vitalant is simultaneously leading the effort to restore the local blood supply and ensure that patients and hospitals in our communities have stable blood inventories. The U.S. Surgeon General and Federal Emergency Management Agency have designated blood donation as an essential function, encouraging healthy and eligible donors to continue to donate even amidst COVID-19 response measures. Vitalant continues to intensify precautionary measures to ensure the safety of donors, patients and staff.

The Port Barre Police Department Collecting Supplies for Hurricane Laura Victims

The Port Barre Police Department and Fire District 2- Port Barre, will be collecting supplies for the victims of hurricane Laura!
If you want to help those that have been devastated by this storm, please bring supplies to the Port Barre Police Department. We plan on bringing the supplies to a designated location in Lake Charles this coming week!
This is a list of items needed:
Cleaning supplies
Mops, brooms
Trash bags
toiletry items
Mosquito repellent
Cleaning rags
Scrub brushes
Personal hygiene products
Bath towels and wash rags
feminine products
hand sanitizer
Handi Wipes or reusable wipes
Paper masks
Laundry detergent
Diapers and formula for babies
Stuffed animal dolls (to help comfort little children)
Canned goods and nonperishable food items
Dog and cat food
Pet kennels of all sizes
Dog and cat leashes
Rubber boots
Bottled water
Flash lights
New under garments and socks for both male and females of all ages and sizes
colors and coloring books, crossword and word-search booklets, ink pens
large plastic storage containers
School supplies
Plastic utensils/ paper plates/ disposable cups
Ibuprofen/ Tylenol
*Please do not donate clothing. We thank you all for helping us help those in need. Chief Deon R. Boudreaux -PBPD

Opelousas Police Department Hurricane Relief Supply Drive 

Over the next several days OPD, in conjunction with State Representative Dustin Miller, will be accepting donations to distribute to those in need in Lake Charles and the surrounding area. Below you will find a list of requested items. Please drop off your items at the Opelousas Police Department between 9am and 5pm.
Thank you! Together we can help those in need recover from this tragedy!

- Cleaning supplies
- Mops & Brooms
- Trash Bags
- Toiletries
- Bleach
- Gloves
- Mosquito Repellent
- Buckets
- Rags
- Scrub Brushes
- Personal Hygiene Products
- Bath towels & wash rags
- Shampoo
- Soap
- Feminine Hygiene Products
- Hand Sanitizer
- Handi wipes Or reusable wipes
- Paper masks
- Laundry detergent
- Diapers and Formula
- Stuffed animals
- Nonperishable food items
- dog and cat food
- pet kennels of all sizes
- dog/cat leashes
- batteries
- rubber boots
- bottled water
- flashlights
- undergarments
- colors and coloring books

Ragin' Cajuns Plan Supply Drive for McNeese State and Surrounding Communities

From Tuesday to Thursday (Sept. 1-3), the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, AmeriCorps community service program and Department of Athletics will be collecting donations at Cajun Field to benefit those impacted by Hurricane Laura at McNeese State and its surrounding communities.

Acadiana residents interested in making donations are asked to give the following suggested 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) and personal care items (soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, feminine hygiene products, diapers and wipes).

Opportunities to make donations this coming week at the Cajun Field parking lot will run from 3-6 p.m., with Ragin' Cajuns student-athletes, AmeriCorps volunteers and students manning the area to assist in a safe, contact-free drop-off process.
Vehicles are asked to enter the parking lot from Gate 5 adjacent to Cajundome Boulevard and will exit onto Congress Street at Gate 4.
Those interested in donating clothing or bedding 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, Sept. 5, and student-athletes will unload the supplies at a designated location with McNeese State's campus.

Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office Hurricane Relief Supply Drive

The Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office will host a Supply Drive beginning Tuesday, September 1st through Thursday, September 3, 2020, for parishes affected by Hurricane Laura. Supplies can be dropped off between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. in the main lobby at the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office located at 1037 Capitol Ave., in Crowley. Suggested donations include non-perishable food items, snacks, water, personal hygiene products, cleaning supplies, work gloves, mosquito repellent, etc.

United Way of Acadiana has set up several ways people can help in the wake of Hurricane Laura.
Those looking to give a monetary donation can do so through our relief fund here: [] Donations will help cover the needs of a neighbor during the Hurricane Laura disaster. As we are still assessing damages, the fund will be used in the United Way of Acadiana service area first and then to assist our sister agency based in Lake Charles (United Way of Southwest Louisiana) with any remaining funds.
Volunteers are being deployed with disaster assistance on an as needed basis. Different opportunities can be found at []
United Way of Acadiana, Second Harvest Food Bank, and FoodNet/Catholic Charities of Acadiana have partnered to hold a joint food drive September 1-11. Second Harvest is open weekdays from 8 am - 4 pm and will be accepting all donations. The warehouse is located on the United Way of Acadiana campus at 215 E. Pinhook. The list of accepted donations can be found here: []
An Amazon wishlist has been created for easy shopping: All donations ordered through this wishlist will be shipped directly to United Way of Acadiana.

Acadian Search and Rescue is making a supply run to Lake Charles.
If you'd like to help, you can drop off supplies at:
Kaplan Fire Department
Hot Food Express 3013 Cameron st. Lafayette
Super Taters 5545 Cameron st. Scott
Here are the items needed:
Adult and children hygiene items
Non perishable food
Laundry detergent
Baby formula
Bottled water
Toilet paper
Bug spray

St. Edmond Catholic Church Parish will begin collecting cleaning supplies on Monday, August 31 and ending on Saturday September the 5th. They will distribute these goods to those in need to the West of us in order to help those victims of Hurricane Laura, and who need to get their homes back to some kind of normalcy as quickly as possible. This is an opportunity to give to really make a difference in someone’s life.
Cleaning supplies can include: rakes, brooms, dustpans, mops and buckets, any types of cleaning agents, ( liquid or otherwise) , dust rags, paper towels, large and small plastic garbage bags, nitrile gloves, work gloves and bottled water. And of course, if you cannot get out to make these purchases , please know that we will accept checks made payable to St. Edmond Catholic Church. You may bring your donation to the Family Center at Center Edmond Catholic Church, 4131 West Congress Street, Lafayette, this coming Monday August 31st through Saturday , September 5th th,. From 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

The New Iberia Firefighters Association is asking for donations for those in the Lake Charles area. Donations can be dropped off at central fire station, 560 Charles Street in New Iberia. Seems like Bottled water, personal and hygiene supplies, non perishable food, tarps etc are the most in demand.

Basset Furniture and Galleries Acadiana is collecting donations through September 11 to "fill a truck" for the victims of Hurricane Laura.
Please drop off what you can and we will make sure to get it to those in need. We will be accepting donation of non-perishable food, pet food, water, Gatorade, cleaning supplies, paper good, grab and go food and snacks, tents, ice chest, bug spray, tarps, etc. Monetary donations and gift cards are also welcome and appreciated. We will also be collecting furniture in good condition to help in the recovery.
Donations can be dropped of Monday-Sunday 9am-5pm at 501 Acadiana Mall Circle, Lafayette, LA. 70503

The Market at Broussard Commons Lake Charles Relief Drive

The Market at Broussard Commons is collecting non-persiable food and supplies to deliver to the United Way of Lake Charles. You can drop off your donations from Thurs-Sun @ 10am-5pm. The drop off site is 817 Albertson Pkwy, Broussard, LA 70518.

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