Found some pictures from last spring break when my friends and I took a quick trip to New Orleans. There was jazz playing on the streets of the French Quarter and we ate breakfast under the trees in the town square.
The Baton Rouge Rho Epsilon chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. has a GoFundMe page set up to help families and students affected by the floods in Louisiana. The hope to give $500 to each family and are hoping to reach an overall goal of $10,000.
Thousands of Baton Rouge residents have lost everything in the floods from this weekend. Here’s how you can donate to local groups and organizations accepting in-kind goods and supplies:
The Junior League of New Orleans is currently accepting donations, with an emphasis on supplies for women and children, including Target and Walmart gift cards in $20 amounts, diapers in all size, and feminine hygiene products. Goods can be dropped off to their office during regular business hours Monday through Friday, or may be shipped to: 4319 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70115.
Locally-made handbag and accessory company Tchoup Industries is collecting donations at several local area businesses in New Orleans, including: Church Alley & The Good Shop, Dashing Bicycles, Balance Yga, Solo Espresso, Dirty Coast (Uptown and Marigny), Cane & Table. See more information at Tchoup’s Instagram post about donations for flood victims.
The Celtic Media Centre is currently acting as a temporary shelter housing evacuees and needs items such as pillows, chairs, blankets and anything people can sit on, as the facility has concrete floors. They are also collecting supplies for pets. Donations can be dropped off at 10000 Celtic Drive in Baton Rouge.
The Louisiana SPCA is currently assisting the Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART) with animal rescue efforts in the recently flooded areas of southeastern Louisiana, and are requesting assistance from the public. As of now, what they need most are supplies. As the floodwaters recede, the influx of animals to local shelters is only going to increase, and many shelters will not have adequate supplies following this flooding disaster. There are currently three drop off locations for pet supplies in New Orleans: Canine Connection, Camp Bow Wow Mid-City and Demo Diva. Immediate supplies needed include: Metal buckets with clipping carabiners; Wire pet cages in various sizes; Leashes; Unopened dry cat and dog food; Metal water bowls
Donating Your Time For People & Pets:
If you’re able to donate your time and help out the Red Cross, you can call 855-489-2528 or visit volunteerlouisiana.gov to find specific on the ground volunteer opportunities in Baton Rouge. Interested volunteers are reminded not to self deploy to affected areas and should work with registered groups.
You can also volunteer with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Southern Louisiana. The most important thing
to do right now
is to register in their volunteer system
to get the process started. Please visit no-hunger.org/volunteer, sign up as a volunteer, and then you will receive all their alerts calling for volunteers, both for their disaster response and their year-round operations.
You can also volunteer with the Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART). Please visit lsart.org/test.pml and fill out their volunteer form. According to LSART, there are currently two co-habitated animal shelters open. The first is at the Southern Ag Center in Baker and the second at Celtic Studios, located at 10000 Celtic Drive, off Bluebonnet and Airline. While the Red Cross has a list of opening shelters, none of them are currently accepting animals. If you find a lost pet, please bring it to your nearest animal shelter. By moving an owned animal to another parish or out of state, the likely hood of reuniting that pet with its owner severely diminishes. Furthermore, anyone requesting assistance with animals in flood conditions should first contact their local animal control agency. If they cannot be reached, contact LSART at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include where the animal is located, the number of animals needing assistance, whether the animal is confined or free roaming, and the contact information for the person reporting the stranded animals.