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How you can help Hurricane Ida victims

Some areas of Louisiana, including Grand Isle and Port Fourchon, suffered major flooding and...
Some areas of Louisiana, including Grand Isle and Port Fourchon, suffered major flooding and structure damage as Ida pushed through on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021 with winds that reached 150 mph.(Source: Rep. Garret Graves via CNN)
Published: Aug. 31, 2021 at 9:45 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 17, 2021 at 8:45 AM CDT
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(KSLA) - Hurricane Ida slammed into Louisiana’s coastline as a powerful Category 4 storm Sunday, Aug. 29.

As of Tuesday morning, more than one million homes and businesses remained without power. Many, many homes have been destroyed.

[PHOTOS & VIDEOS: Hurricane Ida leaves path of destruction across Louisiana, Mississippi]

[Tips for donating to Hurricane Ida relief efforts]

There are ways you can help though. Below is a list of donation/volunteer opportunities for those in the ArkLaTex who want to help our friends in southeast Louisiana.

LIFT UP LOUISIANA

Gray Television is partnering with the Salvation Army for “Lift Up Louisiana”. It’s a campaign to raise money for Hurricane Ida victims. Text IDA to 51555 to make a monetary donation to the Salvation Army. Click here for more details.

COMMUNITY COFFEE

The Louisiana-based, largest family-owned and operated retail coffee brand in America, will donate 10% of retail sales proceeds, up to $250,000, from the sale of Community coffee products from Sept. 13 through Oct. 28 to support The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Ida relief efforts in Louisiana.

SHREVE MEMORIAL LIBRARY

Shreve Memorial Library has partnered with United Way of Northwest Louisiana (UWNWLA) to hold collection drives at each of its Shreveport branches for Hurricane Ida evacuees. See below for a list of the urgent items being collected and participating Shreve Memorial Library locations. Monetary donations are also being accepted through UWNWLA’s emergency response fund. To make a contribution to the United for NWLA Fund or to learn more, please visit https://unitedwaynwla.org/UNITEDFORNWLA/.

The following is a list of the most urgent items needed for Hurricane Ida evacuees:

  • Disposable masks
  • Blankets
  • Universal gift cards
  • Bottled water
  • Sanitization supplies
  • Shelf-stable foods
  • Toiletries

Shreve Memorial Library Branches

  • Atkins - 3704 Greenwood Rd.
  • Broadmoor - 1212 Captain Shreve Dr.
  • Cedar Grove-Line Avenue - 8703 Line Ave.
  • David Raines - 2855 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
  • Hamilton/South Caddo - 2111 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop
  • Hollywood/Union Avenue - 2105 Hollywood Ave.
  • Main - 424 Texas St.
  • Mooretown - 4360 Hollywood Ave.
  • North Shreveport - 4844 N Market St.
  • Wallette - 363 Hearne Ave.
  • West Shreveport - 4380 Pines Rd.

LOUISIANA BAR FOUNDATION

The Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) has established a Hurricane Ida Disaster Fund and we are seeking donations now to help local organizations doing on-the-ground response work to help families ASAP. Click here to donate to the fund.

NORTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY

NSU’s Office of Recruiting has organized a donation drive to assist residents of Thibodaux, Cutoff, and surrounding areas affected by the devastation of Hurricane Ida. Donations can be dropped off at the Recruiting Office in the Student Services Center, 306 Sam Sibley Dr. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Items needed are as follows:

• Tarps

• Roofing nails/hammers

• Water

• Non-perishable food (protein bars, snacks, canned meals)

• Garbage bags

• Baby formula

• Diapers/wipes

• Toilet paper

• First Aid kits

• Hygiene products

• Paper towels

• Bug spray

• Buckets/rags

• Cleaning supplies

• Work gloves

• Plastic containers

For more details, contact Van Erikson at eriksonv@nsula.edu.

SALVATION ARMY OF NWLA

To make a financial donation to support Hurricane Ida relief:

  • Visit give.helpsalvationarmy.org
  • Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Text GIVE to 52000 to donate $10 automatically through your cell phone bill

UNITED WAY OF NORTHWEST LOUISIANA

United Way of Northwest Louisiana (UWNWLA) is searching for volunteers to receive and sort in-kind donations. The donation center will be open from Sept. 1 through 10, and volunteers will be scheduled to work two-hour shifts during operating hours. Operating hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The drop-off point and donation center area is located on the Charles Avenue side of Arthur Circle Elementary School (261 Arthur Ave. in Shreveport). The drop-off center will be set up as a contactless drive-thru to protect donors and volunteers against exposure to COVID-19. Donors will place the items in the trunk of their vehicle for volunteers to retrieve upon arrival. Preferred in-kind donations include items such as universal gift cards, newly purchased comfort clothes, blankets, shelf-stable foods, and cases of water. As the situation develops, this information is subject to change as the greatest needs are assessed. Volunteers should wait for a staff member to email a confirmation of their volunteer shift after signing up. To volunteer, please visit https://unitedwaynwla.org/get-involved/. To make a contribution to the United for NWLA Fund, please visit https://unitedwaynwla.org/UNITEDFORNWLA/.

UWNWLA is also collecting clothes for victims. Click here for a list of needed items.

THE AMERICAN RED CROSS

Click here to make a monetary donation online. Donations can also be sent via mail to The American Red Cross at PO Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037-0839. Click here to print a donation form. Donations can also be made over the phone by calling 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669).

EVERYWARRIOR

EveryWarrior is collecting the following items to send south in the near future:

  • Non-perishable foods
  • Batteries
  • Baby food and formula
  • Diaper and wipes
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Paper goods
  • Tarps
  • Pillows
  • Gloves
  • Gas cans
  • Bug spray
  • Pet food

Items should be dropped off at 4000 Viking Dr. in Bossier City in the organization’s Air Force utility trailer, which is parked in the parking lot.

SHREVEPORT VOLUNTEER NETWORK

Shreveport Volunteer Network (SVN) will be accepting donations for Hurricane Ida victims from 5 to 7 p.m. weekdays at Summer Grove Baptist Church, located at 8924 Jewella Ave. in Shreveport.

SVN is seeking the following items:

  • Gas cans
  • Gas cards
  • Ziploc bags (assorted sizes)
  • Flashlights
  • Toiletries
  • Non-perishable food items
  • Drinking water
  • Unopened packs of underwear and socks (assorted sizes)
The Shreveport Volunteer Network is collecting the above listed supplies for victims of...
The Shreveport Volunteer Network is collecting the above listed supplies for victims of Hurricane Ida in south Louisiana.(SVN)
The Shreveport Volunteer Network is collecting the above listed supplies for victims of...
The Shreveport Volunteer Network is collecting the above listed supplies for victims of Hurricane Ida in south Louisiana.(SVN)

Organizers are not taking other clothing donations at this time.

ALL DOGS UNLEASHED & YOUR PET BUTLER

From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 31 at the Walmart in the Shreve City Shopping Center, All Dogs Unleashed will have a crew in the All Dogs Unleashed vehicle with an 18′ black trailer to accept donations.

Items being collected are:

  • Dog food
  • Cat food
  • Bowls
  • Leashes
  • Cages
  • Blankets
  • Potty pads
  • Rubber gloves
  • Toilet paper
  • Water
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Tarps
  • Lanterns
  • Dog and cat toys

Donations will also be accepted weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at All Dogs Unleashed, 12040 Shreveport-Barksdale Hwy., Suite 102. You can also drop off donations from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays at Your Pet Butler, 1636 Benton Road in Bossier City.

FRIENDS OF BOSSIER PARISH LAW ENFORCEMENT

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington encourages those who want to help with hurricane relief to consider donating to the Friends of Bossier Law Enforcement. Your donation to the non-profit organization will directly help evacuees temporarily living at Cypress Bayou Lake in Benton and surrounding areas, as well as assist those Bossier deputies and officers contact those in south Louisiana who are in need to provide them with gift cards, food items, and needed supplies. To make a donation, contact Dep. Mary Kerry at 318-965-3409 or send your donation to Friends of Bossier Law Enforcement, Attn: Mary Kerry, P.O. Box 850, Benton, LA 71006.

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