How to help Hurricane Laura victims

How to help Hurricane Laura victims
Water covers land after the passage of Hurricane Laura, Thursday Aug. 27, 2020, in Cameron, La. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP, Pool) (Source: STAFF PHOTO BY BILL FEIG)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - As families return to a hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast, the need for necessary food and supplies is overwhelming.

An historic Category 4 hurricane, Laura will go on record as the most powerful storm to ever make landfall in Louisiana.

The center of the storm passed over Calcasieu and Cameron parishes, hurling winds at speeds up to 175 mph, stronger than Hurricane Katrina, leaving brutal destruction in its wake.

There are several ways you can donate goods to families struggling in the aftermath.

Statewide

Louisiana Farm Bureau

To donate to the disaster relief fund, make checks payable to the Louisiana Farm Bureau Foundation Disaster Relief Fund and mail them to:

Louisiana Farm Bureau Foundation

Disaster Relief Fund

P.O. Box 95004

Baton Rouge, LA 70895-9004

To learn more, visit www.lafarmbureau.org or contact Ashley Stephens at 225-922-6201 or ashleys@lfbf.org, or Kyle McCann at 225-922-6202 or kylem@lfbf.org.

Louisiana Hospital Association Research and Education Foundation

LHAREF has established the Louisiana Care Fund to assist hospital employees who experienced significant property loss or personal hardship as a result of Hurricane Laura. Businesses and individuals can contribute online at www.LouisianaCareFund.org or mail a check made payable to the Louisiana Care Fund, with a completed donation form, to the LHA Research and Education Foundation, 9521 Brookline Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70809. Contributions are tax deductible, and all administrative services are being provided in kind so that 100% of donations will be used to assist hospital employees affected by the storm.

Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana

Based in Lake Charles, the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana is already responding to Hurricane Laura. The foundation has been entrusted with donations from more than 1,000 people and businesses, including $500,000 each from Verizon and United HealthGroup. We deeply thank them for helping impact the lives of those who need it most in the affected areas. The foundation is among the quickest, most direct routes to give relief to people and communities who are in dire need. Funds raised will be granted to proven non-profits to pay for immediate food, shelter, medicine, and necessities, and will also support longer-term recovery priorities.

Click here to donate online.

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers

The fundraiser will be held Tuesday, Sept. 22 at all Louisiana locations. From open to close, participating Raising Cane’s restaurants across Louisiana and southeastern Texas will donate 15% of the day’s sales to local American Red Cross chapters and SBP, a Louisiana-based disaster resilience and recovery organization whose mission is to shrink the time between disaster and recovery.

More information is available at raisingcanes.com.

Rescue Alliance

Rescue Alliance Disaster Animal Response Team is working through the aftermath to provide families with food and supplies for them and their pets. Friday, Sept. 25 they are hosting a donation drive from noon to 6 p.m. at the PetSmart in Gonzales. They have a 26-foot truck to fill for Alabama and Florida.

You can donate to the Rescue Alliance Hurricane Sally response here or here.


East Baton Rouge

Torchy’s Tacos

On the dates listed below (from 4 to 9 p.m.), 15% of net sales will be donated to the American Red Cross Louisiana.

  • Monday, Sept. 28
  • Tuesday, Sept. 29
  • Monday, Oct. 5
  • Tuesday, Oct. 6

Taco junkies just need to show the event flyer below or mention that they’re interested in supporting the fundraiser, and their order will help contribute to the overall donation. You can learn more about the event here.

You can help victims of Hurricane Laura by eating at Torchy's Tacos.
You can help victims of Hurricane Laura by eating at Torchy's Tacos. (Source: Torchy's Tacos)

Capital Area United Way

Capital Area United Way, in collaboration with Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana, and the Louisiana Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS), has launched a fund dedicated to serving Hurricane Laura evacuees being housed in state-designated emergency shelters across East Baton Rouge Parish.

DCFS will use the donated money to distribute gift cards to evacuees for the purchase of basic needs items such as toiletries, food, clothing, hygiene products, etc. that they otherwise do not have direct access to. Evacuees who receive these gift cards will need to be identified by DCFS and in residence in state-identified emergency hotels. Evacuees still in need of shelter can text keyword LASHELTER to 898-211 for the most up-to-date information.

Donations to the Hurricane Laura Evacuee Support Fund can be made here. Other disaster resources such as Louisiana 2-1-1/CAUW information can be found at www.cauw.org/disaster.

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