Donations pouring in for Sandy relief - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Donations pouring in for Sandy relief

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.

Copyright 2012 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Heavy storms likely tonight and Sunday

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Heavy storms likely tonight and Sunday

    Saturday, February 24 2018 5:50 PM EST2018-02-24 22:50:02 GMT
    Rain likely tonightRain likely tonight
    Rain likely tonightRain likely tonight

    Tonight will be very stormy with plenty of showers around. There will be heavy rain at times with some strong storms. Winds are likely to gust up to 20 mph. Most of the stronger and severe weather will stay to our north. It does not mean we will not see some outbreak. The severe risk for us is not zero. Rain chances for tonight are up to 80%. This rain is caused from a cold front that will stall over us, or slow down by Sunday. This will allow the rain to last most of our Sunday.

    More >>

    Tonight will be very stormy with plenty of showers around. There will be heavy rain at times with some strong storms. Winds are likely to gust up to 20 mph. Most of the stronger and severe weather will stay to our north. It does not mean we will not see some outbreak. The severe risk for us is not zero. Rain chances for tonight are up to 80%. This rain is caused from a cold front that will stall over us, or slow down by Sunday. This will allow the rain to last most of our Sunday.

    More >>
  • Silver Spurs Rodeo Club hosts youth rodeo in Sulphur

    Silver Spurs Rodeo Club hosts youth rodeo in Sulphur

    Saturday, February 24 2018 5:34 PM EST2018-02-24 22:34:48 GMT
    A 30 year tradition continues as the Silver Spurs Rodeo Club held their first youth rodeo of the year. Held at the West Cal Arena in Sulphur, kids can sign up for multiple events, including barrel, polls, stakes, and even mutton busting: where kids can ride the sheep. Edwin McCall, the Vice President of the Silver Spurs Rodeo Club, says that everyone is invited to come, watch, and enjoy the rodeo. "The neatest thing is the family environment. You know, we start out in the mornin...More >>
    A 30 year tradition continues as the Silver Spurs Rodeo Club held their first youth rodeo of the year. Held at the West Cal Arena in Sulphur, kids can sign up for multiple events, including barrel, polls, stakes, and even mutton busting: where kids can ride the sheep. Edwin McCall, the Vice President of the Silver Spurs Rodeo Club, says that everyone is invited to come, watch, and enjoy the rodeo. "The neatest thing is the family environment. You know, we start out in the mornin...More >>
  • BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Erik Tee

    BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Erik Tee

    Friday, February 23 2018 11:24 PM EST2018-02-24 04:24:34 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    KPLC's Black History Month profiles wrap up with a man who has a voice for radio.  As a kid he called radio stations, he helped carry equipment and even started working a station for free starting out. But that persistence was all Erik Tee needed to help him make it in the world of radio.  Every car radio turned to 107.5 has probably heard that voice.  The voice of radio personality Erik Tee.   "This is my getaway," said Erik. "This is ...

    More >>

    KPLC's Black History Month profiles wrap up with a man who has a voice for radio.  As a kid he called radio stations, he helped carry equipment and even started working a station for free starting out. But that persistence was all Erik Tee needed to help him make it in the world of radio.  Every car radio turned to 107.5 has probably heard that voice.  The voice of radio personality Erik Tee.   "This is my getaway," said Erik. "This is ...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly