Takin ‘A Bite Outta Ida Campaign A Success – Mississippi’s Best Community Newspaper

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By Carrie Lambert

Thank you to everyone who donated to this Hurricane Ida relief campaign. Your generosity was and is overwhelming – as I knew it.

Special thanks to: 1) our drivers who drove down to Luling on September 11: Kenny Woo, Butch and Allene Butler, Kevin Friloux and Inger Frye; 2) the Knights of Columbus who help us load, collect donations, etc .; 3) Susan Nielsen, Janet Aubic, Butch and Allene Butler who helped sort out the FLC on Friday; and 4) Cathedral School for all their donations and Cara Moody for transporting them to the FLC.

Also, thank you all for your prayers, because I know that you are praying for all the fruits that are born. In just a few days, we collected enough to fill four pickup trucks, a 4 × 8 foot trailer and my sedan.

How are the people struck by Ida?

Well, let me tell you, not even a hurricane can choke the minds of Louisians! When our supply caravan arrived, we were greeted with warm smiles, words of welcome and thanksgiving, and provided with a hot meal. Many of the people who welcomed and helped us lost everything in the storm but were there to help others. It looked like there were around 100 people cooking, greeting, sorting items, unloading supplies, etc.

Driving around the area there was very heartbreaking, however. It did indeed look like a war zone (as some have described it), and reminded me of Katrina – blue tarps everywhere, houses ripped open with the remains piled up on the sidewalk, trees atop the houses, trees at the height of the power of the lines, felled trees everywhere. Help will be needed for a while, so we will be going every 2 weeks with supplies. I thank you from the bottom of my heart – as do the people of southern Louisiana – for your generosity. Here are the ways you can help:

  • Hicks Chicks has created an account for people to make financial donations and the money in this account will be used to purchase items; they will sell items to us at cost. Call 601-445-8140 and ask to donate to the Hurricane Ida Relief account.
  • There are boxes at the St. Mary’s Basilica Family Center (613 Main Street) for you to drop off items. Please enter through the parking lot gates. You can see the boxes as you enter. Items can be dropped off Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • If you would like to volunteer to help in any of the ways listed below, please contact me at 601-920-9538
    • Sorting of supplies at the Family Life Center
    • Transportation of donated items (which will take place on Saturday) from the Family Life Center to Louisiana. The use of vans or vans is particularly welcome.
  • For those who wish to donate directly to the territories, donations can be made to:

Carrie Lambert is Minister of Youth for the parish of Sainte-Marie Basilica.

HERE IS THE FULL LIST OF ELEMENTS NEEDED:

INTERIOR CLEANING:

-Cleaning gloves

-Bleach

– Scrub brushes

-Paper napkins

– Wipes

-Brooms & Push Brooms

-Mops and detergent

-Sponges and dish detergent

– Lysol Spray

-Air fresheners

-DampRid

FOOD / KITCHEN NEEDS:

-Kitchen lighters

-Ziplock bags / indoor garbage bags

-Soft drink

-Cooking oils

-Rice

-Powdered milk

-Peanut Butter

-Jelly

-Bread

-Ingredients soups / broths

-Fruits (bananas, oranges, grapes, etc.)

-Gatorade

-Paper plates and plastic utensils

-Plastic cups

– Individually wrapped snacks (trail mix, protein bars, slim jims)

-Caned foods with ready-to-eat pop tops (spaghetti and meatballs, stews, etc.)

-Condiments (ex mayo)

PERSONAL HYGIENE:

-Shampoo / soap, etc.

-Toilet paper

-Deodorant

-Kleenex

-Laundry

-Baby’s needs

-Toothpaste

-Contact solution

-Female products

PHARMACY:

-Tylenol, Advil etc.

-Gastro drugs

– First aid needs

-Bandage

– Rubbing alcohol

-Pedialite

– prick sticks

– hand sanitizer

OTHER:

-Mosquito repellent

-Wasp spray

-Towels

-Pet supplies

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