BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana may not be in Florence’s sight but Baton Rouge businesses, like SFT, are raising money for hurricane relief efforts.
SFT is raising money with their original Cajun Navy t-shirt, donating all proceeds from the shirts that are sold this month. The proceeds will go toward the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank which is currently preparing relief efforts for the Carolinas.
“We may be on the ground in one or both of the Carolinas sometime next week, depending on the timing of the storm and when it decides to move out,” said Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank CEO, Mike Manning.
The food bank has enough disaster supply meal kits and bottled water to fill up four tractor trailers. They’re part of a national network of food banks that stand ready to assist other food banks in times of need, like when the GBR Food Bank took on four feet of water in 2016.
“So many of our fellow food banks stepped up to help us. We’re standing at the ready to help, and it’s a great opportunity for us to give back,” Manning said.
Meredith Waguespack, SFT founder, and her team created the Cajun Navy tee a little more than two years ago in the aftermath of flooding in Baton Rouge. That year they sold enough Cajun Navy shirts to give nearly $50,000 to the local food bank.
In 2017, SFT reordered the Cajun Navy shirts to honor the rescue efforts in Houston, donating $24,000 to the Houston Food Bank.
Despite the uncertainty of Hurricane Florence, SFT aims to get ahead of the storm with their flood relief fundraiser. They will donate all proceeds from the Cajun Navy t-shirts to provide disaster food assistance and emergency supplies to send to communities hit by Hurricane Florence.
The shirts come in two color options and there are sizes available for men, women and youth.
CLICK HERE to purchase your Cajun Navy t-shirt. Prices range from $20 for youth to $28 for adults.
If and when the GBR Food Bank sends out their emergency supplies, it leaves a big hole in their own inventory. That’s where the public comes in.
“When we send our disaster kits out, we are going to need to replenish that, and we are going to have to look at finding a way to do that, because we need to be prepared also, because we still have some time left in this season where we'll be exposed,” Manning said.
In addition to giving to the food bank, there’s a big supply drive happening on Saturday, September 15. It’s from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Parker’s Pharmacy at 9600 Florida Blvd. in Baton Rouge. They’ve partnered with Camp Cedar Cliff in Asheville, North Carolina to distribute what they collect.
The following is a list of acceptable donations:
- Blankets (new)
- Cleaning supplies
- Feminine hygiene items
- First aid kits
- Gas cards
- Games/books for children
- Monetary donations
- Non-perishable food
- Personal hygiene items
- Sweatshirts, socks, and underwear