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Thursday, August 18, 2016

New Orleans Public Library hosts food drive for flood victims, plus more donation drop points

Posted By on Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 2:48 PM

All New Orleans Public Library locations will collect dry and non-perishable food items as part of a food drive to benefit flood victims, it announced in a statement this morning.

Library Marketing and Communications Director John Marc Sharpe described food as "the most critical need" and called for donations of shelf-stable items such as canned fruit and vegetables, canned tuna and chicken, soup, beans, chili, pasta, rice, cereal and peanut butter, as well as supplements including protein bars and Ensure. Each library will have a donation box. Goods ultimately will be distributed to Second Harvest Food Bank

Relief efforts continue after last weekend's historic flooding wreaked havoc on the state, potentially leaving thousands homeless. Below, find additions to Gambit's early list of places to donate or get involved.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Where to help Louisiana flood victims: Donation drop points around New Orleans

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 12:01 PM

click image Shawn Wilson, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, tweeted these photos Aug. 13 of the historic floods in central Louisiana. - TWITTER/@ONEVISIONARY
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  • Shawn Wilson, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, tweeted these photos Aug. 13 of the historic floods in central Louisiana.

After several days of record-setting rainfall, devastating floodwaters poured into much of Southeast Louisiana this weekend, including East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Ascension and surrounding parishes. Multiple news organizations are reporting the rescue of more than 20,000 people from homes and vehicles as of Sunday.

As many New Orleanians know well, flooding robs families of resources large and small: it's not just cars and homes, but day-to-day personal effects, from clothes and blankets to shampoo and toothbrushes. Here's our ongoing list of sites to donate these much-needed supplies to flood victims, as well as several contacts for direct donations and volunteer opportunities. 

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Monday, August 15, 2016

New Orleans chefs team up for Baton Rouge area relief effort

Posted By on Mon, Aug 15, 2016 at 11:26 AM

A group of New Orleans chefs teamed up to deliver 1,000 meals to residents displaced by historic flooding in South Louisiana. - BATON ROUGE FLOOD OUTREACH/FACEBOOK
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  • A group of New Orleans chefs teamed up to deliver 1,000 meals to residents displaced by historic flooding in South Louisiana.

Following days of historic flooding that displaced roughly 10,000 residents in South Louisiana, a group of New Orleans chefs teamed up to deliver meals and supplies to victims in need.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

"NOLA Readiness Ride" spotlights evacuation points

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2016 at 11:17 AM

Evacuspot sculpture unveiled in Armstrong Park. - ALEX WOODWARD
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  • Evacuspot sculpture unveiled in Armstrong Park.

Volunteers from Evacuteer, a nonprofit that assists with the city's emergency evacuation programs, will ride RTA public transit lines June 1-3 to share information for the hurricane season beginning in June. 

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Louisiana supplies arrive in Hurricane Sandy area

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Here's a nice story for Thanksgiving, courtesy of New York's WCBS-TV:

AMITYVILLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Hurricane survivors from hundreds of miles away have arrived on Long Island with a massive care package to help the Sandy relief effort.

Two truckloads of supplies and food arrived at Amityville High School from New Orleans, thanks to a couple of Katrina survivors who wanted to help out.

The tractor-trailers are filled with diapers, clothes, food and any other supplies New Orleans residents thought could be useful in the clean up and relief effort.

“It was amazing to see how many people responded to our cry for help down there to send up here,” Louisiana resident Trey Ledbetter told WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall.

This is the "Lagniappe From the Bayou" effort we wrote about this week in Bouquets & Brickbats. The whole story here.

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Donate a suit to Dress For Success this week

Posted By on Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 9:50 PM

That almost-new suit you haven’t worn in a year, the pants you never got hemmed — get rid of them and feel good about it by donating them to Dress for Success during the 10th annual Send One Suit Weekend through Sunday, March 4. Drop off clothing donations at any Dressbarn women’s store (the closest locations are listed below the jump).

The nonprofit Dress for Success focuses on helping disadvantaged women who are trying to gain financial independence. The organization collects and distributes donated professional apparel needed for job interviews and beginning a new job. Items needed include suits, blouses, skirts, pants, shoes and accessories. Dress for Success partners with national retailer Dressbarn for Send One Suit Weekend. Dressbarn's stated goal for 2012 is to collect 60,000 items at its 825 stores, 9,000 more than the 51,000 the public donated during last year's drive.

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Replanting the past past glory

Posted By on Mon, May 16, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Barren flowerbeds line sidewalks leading to the African American Museum before volunteers arrive to plant a heritage garden using plants that would have been common in the 1820s.
  • Barren flowerbeds line sidewalks leading to the African American Museum before volunteers arrive to plant a heritage garden using plants that would have been common in the 1820s.

A corps of volunteers from Capital One Bank will help Louisiana State University AgCenter workers remove shrubs and foliage Tuesday in the yard of the New Orleans African American Museum of Art, Culture and History (1418 Gov. Nicholls St., 566-1136; noaam.org) and replant a heritage garden with plants that would have graced the grounds when the Meilleur-Goldthwaite House (where the museum is located) was constructed in the late 1820s.

The LSU AgCenter and Tulane School of Architecture Preservation Program designed a landscaping plan for the yard based on trees and plants common in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans in the early 19th century. The volunteers will sow heirloom plants in the beds surrounding the museum during the workday, which lasts from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Meilleur-Goldthwaite House originally was built as a residence in 1828-29. The museum will use the heritage garden to foster its goal of teaching people about the history and culture of African-Americans in New Orleans in order to protect and preserve that heritage. Installing heirloom plants is part of a larger renovation of the Creole villa, which has retained many of its original decorative details.

Capital One volunteers are helping restore the garden as part of the bank’s annual One Week initiative in which more than 658 company employees are expected to spend more than 3,000 total hours volunteering with 33 nonprofits across the state between now and Saturday. Projects include working with food banks in the New Orleans, Acadiana, central Louisiana, Baton Rouge and Covington areas; assisting Friends of City Park with clerical and horticultural duties; repairing homes in Gentilly with the St. Bernard Project; and volunteering with other projects in Houma, Oakdale, Kinder, Baton Rouge and Monroe.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Sorry, Fort Jackson: Wildlife rehab center moving tonight

Posted By on Thu, Jul 22, 2010 at 10:49 PM

According to plan, considering Tropical Storm Bonnie gets uncomfortably close. From Unified Incident Command:

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Buras, LA, which is providing medical care to oiled wildlife, will relocate to a larger facility in Hammond, LA early Friday morning. The transport will occur overnight in order to minimize stress on the animals.

The current Fort Jackson Bird Rehabilitation Facility is located in a hurricane evacuation zone and subject to damage from tropical storms and hurricanes. Moving the facility to the Hammond site eliminates the risk of evacuation in the event of a storm and reduces stress and potential loss of life of the birds.

Initially, the Hammond Bird Rehabilitation Facility will be capable of handling approximately 1,000 birds. Capacity could increase to as many as 2,000 to 3,000 birds.

When it was announced earlier this month that the move was imminent, I was writing a story ("The Volunteers of BP's America") about volunteering in Port Sulphur as birds came in and were sent to Fort Jackson, where they're cleaned, or, if they're dead, catalogued. Now, instead of a 20-minute drive to the Buras facility, the animals that come to Plaquemines will have to make a two hour trip:

Tom Buckley with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says he doesn't anticipate any problems relocating that far from the docks.

"It's obviously a little bit further away," he says. "Right now it's in the No. 1 top hurricane evacuation zone, so moving it to Hammond will get it out of that evacuation area, and it'll be a stable, more secure facility."

The new facility will have climate-controlled housing, more space for a larger volume of birds, and "state-of-the-art equipment," Buckley says, "rather than the rubber buckets and the other things (wildlife handlers) have been forced to use — but which they've used excellently. But this'll be better and more efficient for them, and I'm sure for the birds, too."

Pickup sites in Plaquemines Parish, like the one at the marina in Port Sulphur, will remain in use. "Plaquemines Parish will continue to be an important location for receiving, stabilizing, and transporting animals from impacted areas," the Unified Command release said. Wildlife branch director Rhonda Murgatroyd said the branch "is grateful to Plaquemines Parish officials and residents for their assistance, and we appreciate their continued support as we move."

But that distance could mean rescued birds may sit in oil for several hours before getting cleaned. To Port Sulphur, VOO carrying oiled birds navigate a network of bayous and inlets bleeding into the Gulf — a trip that already takes more than an hour.

On July 7, Plaquemines Parish president Billy Nungesser said moving the facility is "unthinkable." He doesn't understand why it's moving, and why there won't be any cleaning operations near the parish. "If they would embrace more volunteers and people from all over the country to help, a greater volume of these birds would be cleaned at a faster rate," Nungesser said.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Relief efforts for families underway

Posted By on Thu, Jun 3, 2010 at 11:09 PM

As fishermen, oystermen and shrimpers bite the bullet, so do the restaurants depending on them — and so do their families who can't live without them. Organizations like Second Harvest Food Bank are there to help. Second Harvest estimates 47,656 households may need assistance as a result of the BP oil disaster, and last month the organizations distributed hundreds of emergency food boxes throughout St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes.

But family pets also need help. Today, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) delivered 12 tons of dog and cat food to Belle Chasse at the Plaquemines Parish Department of Health and Animal Control to be distributed to coastal residents. According to HSUS Louisiana director Julia Breaux, the Plaquemines Parish Animal Welfare Society has seen an increase in relinquishment of pets since the disaster began — some pet owners can longer afford to care for their pets. HSUS' delivery included 24 pallets of dog and cat food, or about 24,604 pounds of food.

A statement from HSUS included this quote from Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser: “As we work to protect our marsh and wildlife during the oil spill disaster, we can’t forget our pets. Plaquemines Parish residents are known for being pet lovers. We don’t want people who are directly affected by this tragedy to have to choose between feeding their pets or feeding themselves. We want to thank the Humane Society for their thoughtful donation during this difficult time.”

For those that are looking to help with relief efforts, Second Harvest needs donations of nonperishable food items (which can be dropped off at its warehouse at 700 Edwards Ave. in Elmwood). The group also seeks volunteers (call 729-2849 or email volunteernow@secondharvest.org for more information) and donations — for $1, the group can feed a family of four (call 734-1322 or visit the website to donate).

Find more information about HSUS' Gulf efforts and how to help on its website.

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Just 'cause it's for a good cause doesn't mean it can't be fun

Posted By on Sat, Mar 13, 2010 at 1:19 AM

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Many of you know Chef Who Dat (note: click here for essential viewing) and the cavalcade of characters that inhabit section 641 of the Superdome. Here's the Chef before last season's Monday Night game versus Atlanta:

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chef crazyness

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Like many (if not all) stadium secions, the season-ticket holding patrons at "Cafe 641" have developed a tight-knit community that's led to silliness, some bike crawls, and now, a cancer fundraiser with a twist. Per the e-mail I received today:

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A Cafe 641 patron and season-ticket holder, Sean Niehus, is raising money for St. Baldrick's, a foundation that raises money for children's cancer research. Sean has agreed to shave his head at the annual St. Baldrick's shave-a-thon AND to grow a mustache. To help him raise money, we're auctioning off a pair of tickets to the 2010 Saints/Bucs game in Section 641, Row 40, Seats 13-14.

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I like how not only is Niehus shaving his head, but that he's also growing a mustache in the tradition of Cafe 641's Patron Saint. Check out his picture, going from long blonde hair to a shaved head and a mustache would be a stark transformation. Gotta give to a guy willing to do that for a good cause.

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Bid's can be made on the tickets on eBay here or you can donate directly to St. Baldricks by clicking here. And yes, that is Chef Who Dat in a wedding dress on that eBay listing. Not sure how that will help with the bidding.

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