On Sunday, August 14, torrential rain spread across the state of Louisiana, flooding thousands of homes, propelling numerous water rescues and claiming the lives of several residents. In what the federal government declared as a major disaster, Governor John Bel Edwards stated more than 20,000 people had been rescued by all participating agencies and volunteers since the flooding began, and 10,000 residents were taking refuge in shelters. “This is an ongoing event and we are still in the response mode,” the governor said on Sunday.
For residents who want to aid flood victims, here are some places where donations can be made:
The Red Cross is accepting donations via telephone by calling 1-800-REDCROSS or texting LAFLOODS to 90999 to donate $10.
The Salvation Army is accepting donations via their website, telephone by calling 1-800-SALARMY, or texting STORM to 51555. By texting, users will receive a donation link for easy mobile giving. Checks can be mailed to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 470, Mansura, LA 71350. Please designate “August 2016 Gulf Coast Floods” on all checks.
The Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana is also accepting donations via their website.
Convoy of Hope, a faith-based, international, humanitarian-relief organization based in Missouri, is currently providing food, water, equipment and relief supplies to southern Louisiana. Donations made by made via their website. Please indicate the donation is for the Louisiana August 2016 flood relief efforts.
The Companion Animal Alliance, Baton Rouge’s animal shelter, needs foster homes to house pets temporarily, large bath towels, paper towels, water and food for their volunteers and staff. Donations can be made online to assist with the following needs by going to their website.
The Greater New Orleans Foundation’s NOLA Pay It Forward Fund is collecting donations to aid neighboring parishes in the early relief and rebuilding efforts. Visit their website to learn more.
The United Way of Southeast Louisiana is currently accepting online donations via their website. Checks can also be mailed to United Way of Southeast Louisiana, Attn: Flood Relief, 2515 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119.
The Denham Springs Animal Shelter was devastated by the floods and is currently accepting donations via a GoFundMe account (www.gofundme.com/2jdh3xg4), where PetCo is matching dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000. The shelter also has an Amazon Wish List (www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/ref=cm_wl_search_rvp_wl?ie=UTF8&cid=A352UPGZCFLF1T). By making purchases on Amazon, the needed items will be sent directly to the shelter.
The privately-run Tangi Humane Society was also devastated by floods and is accepting donations via their GoFundMe account (www.gofundme.com/2j453p7w) and Amazon Wish List (https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/ref=cm_reg_rdupd?ie=UTF8&id=2Z8TTCNFTQPDL&type=giftlist). Similar to The Denham Springs Animal Shelter’s Amazon Wish List, the needed items will be sent directly to the shelter.
Greater New Orleans Area & Surrounding Parishes
The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office is accepting clean, usable clothing in all sizes. All clothing should be bagged or boxed, and underwear should be in original packaging. Donations can be made at 819 S. Broad St. during normal business hours.
Several New Orleans businesses are accepting blankets, bedding, feminine hygiene products, diapers, baby wipes, cleaning supplies, pet food, pet crates and pet bedding. Donations can be made at the following locations during normal business hours until noon on Thursday, August 18:
- Church Alley Coffee Shop & The Good Shop, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
- Dashing Bicycles, 1234 N. Broad St.
- Balance Yoga, 120 S. Cortez St.
- Solo Espresso Bar, 1301 Poland Ave.
- Dirty Coast Press, 5631 Magazine St. and 2121 Chartres St.
- Cane & Table, 1113 Decatur St.
- Dancing Grounds, 3705 St. Claude Ave.
- Rouler, 601 Baronne St.
- The Stacks - Inside the Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St.
- Buff Beauty Bar, 720 Carondelet St.
- Electric Expressions, 2317 Veterans Memorial Blvd., #3
Several New Orleans restaurants are accepting bulk food items and water to help feed volunteers and those in the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. Clothing, shoes in various sizes, feminine hygiene products, baby wipes, toiletries, diapers, garbage bags, coloring books, children’s toys are also needed. The group is also working with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Donations can be made at the following locations during normal business hours:
- Langlois, 1710 Pauger St.
- Sylvain, 626 Chartres St.
- Meauxbar, 942 N. Rampart St.
- Barrel Proof, 1201 Magazine St.
- Cavan, 3607 Magazine St.
Treo and Finn McCool’s Irish Pub are accepting nonperishable foods and basic needs items. Donations can be made during business hours through Wednesday, August 17, at Treo, 3835 Tulane Ave., and Finn McCool’s Irish Pub at 3701 Banks St.
The Junior League of New Orleans is currently accepting diapers in all sizes, feminine hygiene products, and gift cards for Target and Wal-Mart in the amount of $20. Donations can be made Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 4319 Carondelet St.
Caroline Fayard for the US Senate New Orleans Office is currently accepting nonperishable food items, blankets, bedding, feminine hygiene products, diapers, formula, baby food, baby wipes, cleaning supplies and pet food. Donations can be made between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at 4327 Canal St.
The Crescent City Farmers Market is accepting canned food, water, cleaning supplies, and toiletries. Donations can be made all week in their main office at 200 Broadway St., Tuesday from 9 a.m.-1p.m. at Uptown Square (200 Broadway St.), Thursday from 3p.m.-7p.m. at the American Can Building (3700 Orleans Ave.), and on Saturday from 8a.m.-12 noon at Reily Foods (700 Magazine St.).
Nola Boils Café and Catering will be donating 10 percent of all sales to the American Red Cross to benefit flood victims in Louisiana. Residents are asked to come dine for a cause starting on Monday, August 15-Friday, August 19. Nola Boils Café and Catering is located at 601 Metairie Rd., and their hours are 11 a.m.-6p.m. Call the café at 504-295-7121 for pick up.
Ike’s Snowballs, located at 520 City Park Ave., is currently accepting donations for toiletries, baby items, and personal hygiene items. Free medium snowball with donations made to Ike’s. If you have any questions, please call Danielle at 504-723-9088.
Lionheart Prints is currently accepting drop-off donations from Monday, August 15-Wednesday, August 17 from 10 a.m.-6p.m. at 8723 Oak St.
Just Kids Dental is accepting toiletries, cleaning supplies, water, nonperishable food items, diapers from sizes newborn to 5 and women’s hygiene products. Questions about donations and relief efforts can be directed to the appropriate office: New Orleans, 3502 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-410-3051 and Kenner, 2526 Williams Blvd., 504-904-0144.
About Face of New Orleans is accepting clothes, diapers, toiletries, car and booster seats and monetary donations. Items must be dropped off at 701 Metairie Rd.
Munholland United Methodist Church in Old Metairie is currently accepting water, nonperishable food, canned goods, paper towels, cleaning supplies, diapers, children’s clothing, baby equipment like cribs and strollers, first aid kits, coloring books and used clothes. Items will be collected in the office and ministry hall at 1201 Metairie Rd. and delivered to where they are needed.
CrossFit Roux in Metairie is accepting cots, air mattresses with pump, bedding, towels, toiletries, water, coffee, tea, nonperishable food, diapers, women’s hygiene products and gift cards to Target and Wal-Mart in the amount of $20. Donations will be collected Monday, August 15 through the end of this week between the hours of 9a.m.-7:30p.m. CrossFit Roux is located at 3511 River Rd., Ste. A.
St. Catherine of Siena Men’s Club in Old Metairie is accepting clothes, toiletries, water, toys, baby food, wet wipes, diapers, gloves, rubber boots. All other donations will be accepted. Cash donations will be accepted at the office, and given to Catholic Charities Baton Rouge. Please make checks payable to St. Catherine of Siena with the memo “Flood Assistance.” Physical donations can be brought to the Narthex of the church between 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. through Wednesday, August 17.
Bleu, a blow-dry bar in Old Metairie is collecting personal care/hygiene packages such as soap, deodorant, toothpaste and brushes, feminine products and more. Bleu is located at 701 Metairie Rd., Ste. 112-2A in the Old Metairie Shopping Center. For more information, contact the salon at 504-309-5999 or email [email protected].
The State Farm-Nora Vaden Homes Insurance Agency is accepting toiletries, diapers, and pet supplies. Donations can be brought to the office at 117 Metairie Lawn and Metairie Rd. from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. For any questions, please call 504-831-0002.
Hi-Brow is accepting donations for those affected by the flooding until Friday, August 19. For every garbage bag of clothes and every box donated, you will receive a 20 percent off gift card to any product in the store. The contact person is Lauren Prats, 126 Sierra Crt., Metairie, 70001.
Oak Family Dental, located at 1001 N. Causeway Blvd. in Metairie, is accepting toiletries, children’s toys, cleaning supplies, water, and nonperishable foods. Donations can be made Monday, August 15-Thursday, August 18 from 8a.m.-5p.m.
The Social Club Barbershop will be accepting clothing, blankets, toiletries, cleaning supplies, nonperishable foods, household items and pet supplies starting Tuesday, August 16 – Saturday, August 20 from 10a.m.-6p.m. The barbershop is located at 3515 Melvil Dewey Dr., #104, in Metairie.
The City of Kenner is accepting toiletries, personal hygiene products, diapers, baby wipes and baby formula. New and unused donations can be dropped off at the Recreation Office, located at 1905 24th St., near the brake tag station from Tuesday, August 16-Friday, August 19 during the hours of 10a.m.-6p.m.
Families Helping Families of Jefferson is accepting diapers (all sizes), disposable wipes, non-expired and unopened baby formula, unopened and non-expired Ensure. Donations can be made to the FHFJ office at 201 Evans Rd., Bldg. 1, Ste. 100 in Harahan from 8a.m.-8p.m. Donations will be accepted Monday, August 15-Wednesday, August 17. For more information, please call 504-888-9111.
Chalmette Movies is currently accepting clothes for the Louisiana flood victims. No donation is too small, especially with the fall and winter months approaching. Donations can be dropped off at the box office located at 8700 W. Judge Perez Dr. in Chalmette from 1p.m.-8p.m. daily.
St. Bernard Parish Government along with several businesses and organizations in Chalmette is seeking clothes, shoes, and non-perishable items. For more information, contact Lorrie at 504-278-4268. Donations may be dropped off at the following locations and times:
- Sigur Civic Center Auditorium, 8245 W. Judge Perez Dr., Chalmette, M-F 8:30a.m.-4:30p.m. (Front of Building)
- Celebration Church, 7500 W. Judge Perez Dr., Arabi, M-F 8:30a.m.-3:30p.m.
- Heather Fandino, 708 Ellen Dr., Chalmette, Daily 7a.m.-10p.m.
Resources added on Tuesday, August 16th
J'aime le Cafe in Marrero will be accepting any and all donations on Saturday, August 20, in front of their location at 1977 Barataria Blvd.
Satsuma Baptist Church - who have taken in many flood victims - are taking any and all donations at their location at 29880 S Satsuma Rd., but also at Tiger Equipment in Belle Chasse and Punctual Abstract in Harvey.