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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -
Many people across the nation are lending a helping hand to those in need in the northeast.
And right here at home, people are doing the same.
The Jeff Davis Living Center in Jennings started a clothes drive today, and the turnout is leaving employees overwhelmed.
All eyes were glued to television screens when Hurricane Sandy roared ashore in the northeast, including residents in southwest Louisiana. Knowing firsthand what a storm can do, it didn't take long for residents and businesses to leap into action to help those in dire need.
"We decided that we wanted to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York," said Sandra Guidry with the Jeff Davis Living Center. "We overhead a radio station talking about how hard they were having it."
The Jeff Davis Living Center contacted Riverside Church in New York City, a distribution center in the midst of the chaos. They requested clothing, and the Jeff Davis Living Center and area residents plan to deliver just that, even those who've never felt the direct impact of a hurricane.
"It means a lot, because we've had plenty of hurricanes here," said donor Courtney Broussard. "We really didn't have much devastation at my house, but my grandparents in Evangeline, my boyfriend's parents in Morris, we've had a lot of devastation. We didn't really need much clothes, but knowing how it was up there and how it affected so many states, and just seeing the footage of all of the devastation, there's probably nothing left."
The Jennings Fire Department dropped off clothes on Monday, and residents continued to pour in the doors throughout the afternoon.
"The people from south Louisiana, we are aware of what goes on because we have been there, and that we want to do everything we can to help them," said Guidry.
Many of the donors are proud, proud to be a part of a small community and proud to be making a big difference.
"To be able to give back, especially this much, it's going to show a lot, especially from right here in this little small town," Broussard said.
You can drop off clothing at the Jeff Davis Living Center Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Donations can be dropped off at 1338 N. Cutting Avenue in Jennings.
The Therapy Center of Jeff Davis Parish, Doerle Foods and Gulf South Medical Supplies are joining with the Living Center to help cover the cost of shipping.
They will be collecting donations for the rest of the month.