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UPDATE, Sept. 2, 2017: United Way of Central Louisiana has received enough donations for Harvey survivors and is no longer accepting them. Thank you for the outpouring of support!
UPDATE, Sept. 1, 2017: United Way of Central Louisiana has added a second donation location at Journey Church, 2900 Donahue Ferry Road, Pineville.
BATON ROUGE, La. - United Way of Central Louisiana has set up a donation center at the Kress Theatre in Alexandria to accept new clothing for Texas survivors of Harvey staying in the Alexandria mega-shelter.
All donations should be taken to the Kress Theatre. Donations will not be accepted at the mega-shelter itself. The Kress Theatre is located at 1104 Third Street, on the corner of Johnston Street, in downtown Alexandria.
While needs will change over time, the current donation needs at the mega-shelter are as follows:
- Diapers (all sizes)
- Adult diapers
- Underwear (all ages, toddler through adult - men and women)
- Infant onesies (all sizes)
- T-shirts, children (all sizes)
- T-shirts, teens (all sizes)
- T-shirts, adults (all sizes, men and women)
- Socks (all sizes)
- Slippers (all sizes)
- Shower shoes (all sizes, children through adult)
- Shoes (all sizes, but especially men 10 1/2; and women 9 1/2)
- Jeans (all sizes, toddler through adult - men and women)
- Baby blankets
All clothing must be new, wrapped or packaged.
No food or water donations are needed at this time.
Volunteers wanting to help sort the donations can sign up with the United Way at https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/1989133/false#/invitation.
"We are very appreciative of Dave Britt, President/CEO of United Way of Central Louisiana, who secured this donation center space for us to help meet the immediate clothing needs of the survivors in our Alexandria mega-shelter," said Secretary Marketa Garner Walters, of the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services. "We know Louisianans are kind-hearted and generous and want to help us look after our neighbors in need, as we would look after our own families. This donation center is a great way for us to work together to meet those needs."
The mega-shelter was housing 676 Texas survivors as of noon Thursday.
Community members seeking other ways to help Harvey survivors can visit volunteerlouisiana.gov for suggestions on how to help.