Letter: St. Mary CAA seeks help for Laura victims

Much of South Louisiana is still trying to recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Laura three weeks ago. A large portion of Lake Charles and other areas remain without electricity and water. Other parishes, many in North Louisiana, are also still recovering power outages, downed trees, and flooding.
St. Mary Parish was spared the brunt of the storm. We here at St. Mary Community Action Agency feel obligated to show our compassion for the residents of our sister parishes, who are suffering. Several local churches have already brought tons of food and supplies to Lake Charles and surrounding areas to assist families and individuals. St. Mary CAA, in partnership with local churches, continues its fundraising efforts for Hurricane victims in Calcasieu, Cameron, and Allen Parishes, which are all a part of our service area. Community Action Agencies in those areas will be our points of contact. We are collecting:
--Cleaning Supplies, including Clorox, Lysol, gloves, mops, etc.
--Toiletries, including toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer, lip balm, etc.
--Nonperishable food items
--Gift Cards and monetary donations,
Items may be dropped off from 8 a.ml to 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at our Central Office, 1407 Barrow St., Franklin, or Morgan City Neighborhood Service Center – AARP Building, 4410 Chennault St., Morgan City. We will collect items through the end of the month. We are coordinating with local churches for collection and transportation of all items received. If you have any questions regarding “Hurricane Laura Relief Effort” please contact St. Mary Community Action Agency’s CEO, Almetra, J. Franklin, at 337-828-5703.
Almetra J. Franklin


Franklin Banner-Tribune
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Phone: 337-828-3706
Fax: 337-828-2874

Morgan City Daily Review
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