Lake Charles, Sulphur collecting donations for Isaac victims - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Isaac relief supply drive continues, you can help

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Supplies continue to roll in for Hurricane Isaac victims in Southeast Louisiana.

The City of Sulphur, the City of Lake Charles and KPLC-TV are partnering in the endeavor.

For the people of Southwest Louisiana, recovering from a devastating hurricane is all too familiar. But now they're returning the helping hand extended to them just a few years ago.

"A lot of people came to our aid after Hurricane Rita," said Lake Charles City Administrator John Cardone. "It was very needed. We appreciate their help and support. And we're pleased to be able to give back to others."

"When we had Hurricane Rita here, we had cities from all over helping us out," said District Fire Chief Charles Lee. "So, we're just trying to help."

"I remember what it felt to be like losing things after Hurricane Rita," said donor Laura Myrick. "I think about all the people that have lost homes and possessions, so I wanted to help."

Southwest Louisiana residents are joining together to send items to Southeast Louisiana where some residents are being forced to start over from square one.

Sulphur spearheaded the effort with the relief drive on Friday, and now Lake Charles is joining the cause.

"We wanted to join the efforts in trying to help our neighbors to the east of us who damage from Hurricane Isaac," Cardone said.

The Lake Charles Fire Department manned the donation station Sunday at the Civic Center, just another way for them to help the community.

"It feels good to the guys when they get to help pay back the community," said Lee.

Myrick says dropping by a check and an item or two is the least she could do.

"I hope the people that are receiving the donations understand that people on this end are thinking about them," Myrick said.

Monetary donations are being accepted by check only. The checks should be made payable to the City of Sulphur with "Hurricane Isaac relief" written in the memo.

The drive will continue all week long at both the Lake Charles Civic Center and the Old Tyme Variety Store in Sulphur. Donations will be accepted every day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The most important donations are those that can help save lives, including first aid kits and baby needs such as food, formula, diapers and wipes. You can also donate: bottled water, personal hygiene items like toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant and soap. They need cleaning supplies and household items like dinnerware, pots and utensils, as well as towels, linens, blankets and pillows.

Monetary donations can be made as well. Checks may be made payable to the City of Sulphur with "Hurricane Isaac" in the memo line.

Officials have announced that used clothing and shoes are no longer being accepted.

Groups or organizations can also participate in manning the drop-off site in Sulphur. Those interested can call the Mayor's Office at 337-527-4505.

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