20, 08, 2016

LOOK FOR THE HELPERS

| Do you remember Hurricane Katrina? Of course you do.  It was all over the news, it was everything we saw, heard, read for weeks; as to be expected. Do you remember the Louisiana floods? From a few days ago? Or did you miss it in the media? We can sit and argue about why the biggest disaster since Hurricane Sandy hasn’t received the media coverage it deserves and try to place blame all day OR we can shift our energies as every second counts and start the process of helping.  Over 110 THOUSAND homes have been destroyed by the floods. Entire families and their pets have lost everything in a matter of hours. We as a country can help them rebuild and essentially survive by offering our support, spreading awareness and donating anything we can spare. And if you’re anything like me, there’s a lot we can spare.

My dear friend Teri Weinberg did some research after I addressed this in my SoulCycle class and shared some great ways to help that I inturn want to share with you.

My initial reaction was to purge every room in my house and donate anything I didn’t need or could live without. After doing some research it’s clear that cash donations are the most efficient way to help send relief as the lack of usable roadways are preventing donated goods from reaching those displaced from their homes.

The city will absolutely need donated goods in the near future but they need to focus on cleanup, restoration, food, clean water and shelter.

A quick easy way to donate:

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Red Cross and United Way are saying that cash donations are needed as they can purchase all of the items listed below. When roadways open, supplies will be needed. Right now it is all about money to purchase local. 

You can also choose to donate to their local relief support. Here are a few including animal shelters.

• United Way of Southeast Louisiana

What they need: Buckets, bleach, cleaning detergent, mops, Shockwave for mold, brooms, paper towels, large garbage bags, rubber gloves, masks, scrub brushes, scouring pads, sponges, air freshener, toiletries, hand sanitizer, shampoo, conditioner, bar soap, hand soap, adult diapers, disposable razors, shaving cream, toilet paper, diapers for babies, baby wipes, baby food, baby formula, sippy cups and bottles, pet cages, kennels, leashes, collars, pet food, cat litter, bottled water, nonperishable food items and school supplies.

Where to mail items:

United Way of Southeast Louisiana, 2515 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70119. Phone: 504.822.5540

United Way of Greater New Orleans, 411 W. Coleman Ave., Hammond, LA 70403. Phone: 985.542.8680

• Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter

What they need: Leashes, pet treats, pet food, dog toys, cash donations, temporary fosters.

Where to mail items: Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter, 1869 Ames Blvd., Marrero, LA 70072. Phone: 504.349.5111

• Companion Animal Alliance

What they need: Leashes, pet treats, pet food, dog toys, cash donations, temporary fosters until transportation is available Wednesday, Aug. 17.

Where to mail items: Companion Animal Alliance, 2680 Progress Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70807. Phone: 225.774.7701

• Capital Area United Way

What they need: Buckets, bleach, cleaning detergent, mops, Shockwave for mold, brooms, paper towels, large garbage bags, rubber gloves, masks, scrub brushes, scouring pads, sponges, air freshener, toiletries, hand sanitizer, shampoo, conditioner, bar soap, hand soap, adult diapers, disposable razors, shaving cream, toilet paper, diapers for babies, baby wipes, baby food, baby formula, sippy cups and bottles, bottled water, nonperishable food items and school supplies.

Where to mail items: Capital Area United Way, 700 Laurel St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802. Phone: 225.383.2643

• Junior League of New Orleans

What they need: Diapers in all sizes, feminine hygiene products and gift cards in $20 amounts for Target and Wal-Mart

Where to mail items: Junior League of New Orleans Headquarters, 4319 Carondelet St., New Orleans, LA 70115. Phone: 504.891.5845

• Tangi Humane Society

How to mail items: The society has an Amazon Wish List. By making purchases on Amazon, needed items will be sent directly to the shelter.

• Denham Springs Animal Shelter

How to mail items: The shelter has an Amazon Wish List. By making purchases on Amazon, needed items will be sent directly to the shelter.

• Louisiana Bobcat Refuge

How to mail items: The shelter has an Amazon Wish List. By making purchases on Amazon, needed items will be sent directly to the shelter.

If you made it this far, I want to say Thank you for being compassionate and awake enough to care and read, but now please take the next step and donate. Click one of the links above and truly help mankind. Together we get stronger.

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