The event is being held Friday, Feb. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Summer Grove Baptist Church, located at 8924 Jewella Ave. in Shreveport. Those in need can get free spaghetti plate lunches, water, hand sanitizer, non-perishable food products, blankets, and more.
“This is a great thing they’re doing here,” Bobby Horton said.
State city leaders said the goal is to help bridge the gap between city leaders and people in the community.
Councilwoman Levette Fuller said, “I understand the frustration, and I hope that we have learned from this experience that we as a government can do better, and I hope that we learn seeing how our neighbors come together that we really can get through anything together.”
State Representative Tammy Phelps added, “It takes everyone and just with the efforts of even outside of the national guard even outside of the efforts of the state of Louisiana outside of the efforts of the parish we cannot do it without the efforts of the local citizens,” she said.
Shreveport Volunteer Network coordinator Danielle Gelpi said she sees firsthand the behind the scene efforts the city is taking to help everyone.
“They may not be on Facebook and posting national guards and stuff but that’s where we got this water from so they brought it in from somewhere,” she said.
Summer Grove Baptist Church Pastor Dr. Heath Peloquin Senior added, “To see the cars on Jewella and in our parking lot has been wonderful.”
On Saturday, Feb. 27, volunteers said over 1,000 cars came to the church to collect things like a hot meal, water, MRE’S, baby formula, and more.