Louisiana: 11K people seek state shelter after Laura's ruin

Evacuees from Hurricane Laura Bentley White, 9, center, tries on shoes with Chris Cormier, 10, left, and Angela Cormier while visiting an aid center at the Ernest N. Morial Convention set up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Governor's Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management in New Orleans, La. Monday, Aug. 31, 2020.

SHREVEPORT, La. – LSU Health Shreveport and LSU Shreveport are joining forces to collect needed items for Hurricane Laura victims as community service is a hallmark for both campuses as well as for Southfield School and Loyola Prep which kicked off the effort.

A shipping container to house donated items will be available at LSU Health Shreveport until 7 p.m. Tuesday at the BRI Curb.

LSU Shreveport will accept items at the Pioneer Heritage Center from 8 a.m. Wednesday through 5 p.m. Friday. Both schools encourage their students and staff to contribute along with their local alumni.

The general public is also encouraged to contribute items for this hurricane relief supply drive.

Requested items include:

Diapers, wipes

Children’s socks and underwear

Snack crackers

Paper towels, trash bags, work gloves

Bar soap, dish soap, shampoo, sponges

Toothbrushes, toothpaste

Toilet paper

Batteries, razors, insect pepellant

Tarps, box fans and flashlights

“LSU Health Shreveport is pleased to be working with our fellow LSU university to help those in south Louisiana who were hit hard by Hurricane Laura,” said LSUHS Chancellor G. E. Ghali.

Dr. Larry Clark added: “Hurricane Laura has had a devastating impact on our state, leaving many communities without basic necessities. This effort is just one way we can help our neighbors to the south regain some semblance of normalcy in their daily lives.”

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