How to help: Relief efforts by Acadiana businesses aiding those impacted by Hurricane Laura
In the wake of Hurricane Laura, Acadiana businesses are stepping up to help those in need in storm-ravaged southwest Louisiana.
Below are businesses that are holding relief efforts for those in need and some information about how to support their campaigns.
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Global Data Systems
The Lafayette-based IT companies collecting donations at its corporate headquarters Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the main entrance. The headquarters is in the LEDA Northpark Technology park at 310 Laser Lane in Lafayette.
“This storm has devastated so many, as most have lost everything they own," said Jamie Guidry, marketing and communications manager at Global Data Systems. “We know what it is to suffer a devastating loss and what the people of southwest Louisiana need right now is support. We strive to make IT simple for businesses but in this case, we are striving to help make people’s lives simpler so they can have the necessities to help them recover.”
- Cases of Water, Gatorade
- Non-Perishable food items
- Cleaning Supplies
- Gift Cards
- Baby formula
- Baby wipes
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Reve Coffee Roasters
Reve Coffee Roasters is using its Downtown Lafayette café as a donation center for supplies for those in Lake Charles affected by Hurricane Laura.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
UL will have student-athletes, Americorps and student volunteers collecting donations at Cajun Field from Tuesday to Thursday, 3 to 6 p.m. for McNeese State University and the surrounding communities.
Bark Avenue Pet Spa and Boutique
The pet spa is collecting donations for those affected by Hurricane Laura through the end of the week at the business' front lobby.
Louisiana Bar Foundation
The Louisiana Bar Foundation has created a Hurricane Laura Disaster Fund to help those affected by the storm. The fund addresses the following needs:
- Civil legal assistance for victims: A fund for a legal hurricane victims needing immediate legal services for things such as housing, employment, insurance and federal benefit programs
- Assistance for members of the legal community - relief for attorneys who lost their homes or offices
- Office recovery assistance: provides attorneys with access to computers, internet, phones and other necessities lost in the storm
Donations can be made via check to the Louisiana Bar Foundation/Hurricane Laura Disaster Fund and mailed to 1615 Poydras Street, Suite 1000, New Orleans, LA 70112.
Wait is offering free delivery from local restaurants in areas affected by Hurricane Laura, as well as extending its free grocery delivery code.
Through Sept. 12, users in affected areas can use the code "STANDTOGETHER" to get free delivery from local eateries. Customers can also use the code "GROCERY" for free same-day grocery delivery.
Waitr is also partnering with Lafayette-area restaurants to collect essential supplies for Hurricane Laura victims in the Lake Charles area. The company is accepting donations through its app and website and will work with charities and local governments to distribute the funds.
The company is partnering with Pizza Artista, Rotolo’s, and Great American Cookies. Supplies can be dropped off at Waitr's headquarters at 214 Jefferson Street through Sept. 9. Collection hours will be 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and again next Tuesday and Wednesday.
Items can also be dropped off at Pizza Artista, 219 St. Nazaire Road in Broussard; Rotolo’s, 200 Hector Connoly Road in Carencro; and Great American Cookie, 107 Arnould Boulevard in Lafayette.
Emeril Lagasse Foundation
Instead of its usual Boudin, Bourbon and Beer event, the New Orleans-based Emeril Lagasse Foundation is holding a fundraising effort for the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Hospitality Industry Relief Fund.
The fund started with a $125,000 donation from the foundation. The campaign will run through September to aid hospitality industry employees along the Gulf Coast.
Donations can be made at BoudinBourbonandBeer.com. The foundation is encouraging donors to give $99 — the cost of a ticket to the Boudin, Bourbon and Beer event.
“The hospitality industry is experiencing a crisis, and the workers who have served in it through the years are in dire need of our help,” said Chef Emeril Lagasse in a press release. “I love this industry and its people, so many of whom have given their time and passion to support events like Boudin, Bourbon and Beer. Now it is our turn to give back to them.”
The Market at Broussard Commons
The Market at Broussard Commons is holding a Lake Charles Relief Drive to collect non-perishable food and supplies for the victims of Hurricane Laura.
Supplies can be dropped off at 817 Albertson Parkway in Broussard, Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.