Shawn Wilson, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, tweeted these photos Aug. 13 of the historic floods in central Louisiana.
After several days of record-setting rainfall, devastating floodwaters poured into much of Southeast Louisiana this weekend, including East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Ascension and surrounding parishes. Multiple news organizations are reporting the rescue of more than 20,000 people from homes and vehicles as of Sunday.
As many New Orleanians know well, flooding robs families of resources large and small: it's not just cars and homes, but day-to-day personal effects, from clothes and blankets to shampoo and toothbrushes. Here's our ongoing list of sites to donate these much-needed supplies to flood victims, as well as several contacts for direct donations and volunteer opportunities.
: The neighborhood bar will accept bedding, toiletries, water and non-perishable food through Wednesday.
Junior League of New Orleans
: The organization will accept feminine hygiene products, diapers, Target and Wal-Mart gift cards for $20 and direct donations on an ongoing basis.
United Way SELA
: The organization will accept direct donations and has volunteer opportunities available to help displaced victims.
Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office
: The office will accept clean bagged or boxed clothing and underwear in original sealed packaging. Contact Philip Stelly (email@example.com) for details.
Church Alley Coffee Bar
: The coffeeshop will accept clean clothes, shoes and socks, toiletries, linens, non-perishable food, pet food, feminine hygiene products and pet shampoo through Wednesday. The same items will be accepted at Dashing Bicycles
, Balance Yoga
, Solo Espresso
, Dirty Coast
Uptown and Marigny, and Cane & Table
About Face of New Orleans
: Clothes, diapers, toys, toiletries, carseats and cash will be accepted at the Metairie location of the cosmetic and skincare boutique.
: Cots or air mattresses (with pump), bedding and pillows, toiletries, water, coffee and non-perishable food will be accepted through Wednesday. Drop-off begins daily at 4 p.m.
: The gym will accept cots and bedding, toiletries, water, diapers, baby clothes and $20 Wal-Mart and Target gift cards.
American Sports Saloon
: The French Quarter bar welcomes donations of all supplies, but particularly bottled water, pet supplies, feminine hygiene products, children's goods, bedding and linens on an ongoing basis.
: Bring bagged or boxed clothing, non-perishable food, school supplies and gift cards to the brow boutique through Thursday.
: The food bank will accept donations of non-perishable goods and cash donations at Rouses supermarkets throughout the region; you may also make cash donations at the Second Harvest website.
Oak Family Dental
: Donations of toiletries, cleaning supplies, toys, water and food are welcome through Thursday evening at this Metairie dentist's office.
Bleu, a Blowdry Bar
: The salon requests donations of personal care packages, particularly toiletries.
St. Catherine of Siena Men's Club
: Clothes, toiletries and cash donations (to the parish office) will be accepted through Wednesday.
Marrero Lions Club
: Water, bedding, air mattresses (with pump), non-perishable food, pet food and carriers are welcome. Contact Thelma Kalb-Pigford at (504) 312-9935 or (504) 347-5632 for details.
: Bring clothes, non-perishable food, pet supplies and bedding to the farm and farmer's market through Friday.
American Red Cross
: Contact Regional Preparedness Manager Chipps Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org or (985) 634-4883) for volunteer opportunities with the American Red Cross. Specifically, the organization requests help from professionals trained in spiritual and grief counseling, as well as lodging for Red Cross staff.
The Salvation Army
: The charitable organization accepts donations specifically marked for flood relief efforts.
Animal Rescue New Orleans
: The animal rescue group seeks foster families for displaced cats from the flooded Denham Springs animal shelter.
Petco Foundation: The organization will match up to $50,000 in GoFundMe campaign donations
to rebuild the Denham Springs animal shelter.
Lionheart Prints: The print shop will accept donations of all kinds through the week.
Tattooagogo: Through Wednesday, bring clothes, unopened toiletries and school supplies to the tattoo shop. (Downtown Tattoo and Eyecandy will also accept donations.)
Buff Beauty Bar: Bring donations of sealed, unused toiletries to the salon. The salon will also match purchases of personal care items this week with its own donations.
Fayard HQ: The Caroline Fayard for U.S. Senate office at 4327 Canal St. welcomes donations of food, pet food, bedding and clothes.
Magnolia Physical Therapy: The clinic’s locations throughout the area will accept donations of toiletries, non-perishable food, baby supplies and cleaning supplies.
Sidney’s Saloon: The bar will accept donations of canned goods and other non-perishable items on an ongoing basis.
Chalmette Movies: Donate clothes at the theater’s box office from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Kenner Parks & Recreation Center: Toiletries, diapers, wipes, formula and feminine hygiene products will be accepted through Friday.
NOLA Pay It Forward Fund: A fund, which accepts online donations, is dedicated to assisting neighboring parishes.
Tangi Humane Society: A GoFundMe campaign is collecting donations for the flooded no-kill animal shelter in Hammond.
New Orleans Public Library Resource List: The library has compiled a list of resources, including information about where to apply for monetary assistance, online.
Have more information about one of these sites, or know of somewhere we missed? Email Kat Stromquist (email@example.com)