There's been a tremendous outpouring of support by Southwest Louisiana residents hoping to fill the needs of those hit by Hurricane Isaac.
Donations of canned goods, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items and checks are still being collected.
In just a week, donations have poured in here to the former Old Tyme Store where Sulphur Firefighters, city employees and volunteers have worked to sort and organize all so it can be distributed to those in need. Mayor Chris Duncan says it's been a great success. "The main things that are still needed and people don't think about this. These poor children lost their school supplies. So, we've been collecting school supplies. Pets. You know, dog food, cat food, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene and of course food items."
Workers and volunteers have been busy sorting old clothes and shoes and happy to help. Volunteer Jessica McCuistioe talked to us while folding and sorting clothes. "I had donated, but I didn't have any more money to donate anything else. So, then I realized I could actually come in and help. I've been in this situation before and I know that people need stuff now. "
Firefighter Joey McCormic says members of the department are glad to get involved." Oh we really enjoy it. It's something that really does good for the community, it really gives back. We had everything happen with us years back with Rita and we really appreciate all the help that we had. Now this is something we can do to help the individuals over there."
Yet donors should keep in mind no one wants old or worn out shoes and clothing. Duncan admits, "Some people brought us some good stuff and some people really cleaned out their closets. So, we want to make sure the stuff that's sent is of good quality and usable."
That part of the drive is over. No more clothes or shoes are being accepted.
In Lake Charles as well, there are plenty of generous donors. One man came and donated $850 worth of dog food.
Firefighters like Andrew Lee have the drop of center covered. "From food, to the dog food, water, clothing, any supplies they need to bring home so that they can have it a little bit better. We feel very great to do stuff like this for our city and for other cities, because when we had a hurricane, they showed appreciation for us and we're showing a token of appreciation to give back to them," said Lee.
At last word, around $15,000 had been collected between the two cities. Again the drive continues Saturday 7 a-m and 7 p-m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center and former Old Tyme Variety Store.
On Sunday, the drive starts at noon. If you bring a check make it out to the City of Sulphur. No cash can be accepted.
Check at the end of this story for a list of items still needed.
From the City of Sulphur Web Site:
Mayor Chris Duncan and Mayor Randy Roach have announced that the outpouring of support for Southwest Louisiana's Hurricane Isaac Relief Effort has been outstanding. As of this date, we request that no used clothing or shoes be donated. The following items are requested:
Non-perishable food items
Household items such as towels, linens and pillows
Dog and cat food
New pre-packaged socks, underwear, t-shirts, etc.
Personal hygiene products
Baby needs such as food, formula, diapers and wipes
First aid supplies
Monetary donations---check made payable to City of Sulphur with Hurricane Isaac written in the memo line
The drop-off sites, the former Olde Tyme Variety Store in Sulphur and the south end of the Lake Charles Civic Center, will be open to the public as follows:
Monday - Saturday - 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday - noon - 7:00 p.m.