How to help Louisiana flood victims: Donation drop points in Texarkana

Debris is seen floating in flood water in front of a damaged home in St. Amant, LA., August 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman
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Residents of Louisiana continue to battle what is said to be the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy four years ago, according to the Red Cross.

This disaster has left thousands of people and animals without homes, clothes, and food. It has also taken away thousands of victims’ day-to-day necessities from clothes and blankets to shampoo and toothbrushes.

Relief efforts are ongoing as people are donating money through Red Cross, traveling to affected areas to volunteer and donating items to be sent that are desperately needed.

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For those people outside of Louisiana who would like to provide support to the victims of the disaster, drop points have been set up in Texarkana where locals can drop off donations.

Drop points:

Local 752L, United Steel Workers, Cooper Tire 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  (Contact any member of United Steel Workers #752L, for more information. (Bobby Thompson)

Twin City Church of Christ, located 1849 West 14th. Collecting money, clothing, and cleaning supplies. The church is taking a U-Haul down on Thursday, August 25th. (Contact Pastor David Watkins III, Senior Minister, 903-793-2571)

The Miller County Fire Department, will be taking a trailer on September 2nd. Supplies requested to fill the trailer include: gift cards to Lowes, Home Depot, shovels, hammers, nails, all kinds of cleaning supplies, bleach, water, paper towels, bathroom tissue, plastic trash bags, tarps, sleeping bags, tobacco, tents, and mosquito spray. Please drop off donations at the nine different Fire Stations in Miller County.

Donations can also be dropped off at 237 Grocery, Southern Flea N’tiques, or three Chicks Feed and Seed. (Contact Debbie Vanover on Facebook.)

Hardy Memorial United Methodist Church and other local Methodist churches are working with UMCOR (United Methodist Committee On Relief), to make/fill cleaning buckets for those trying to get back into their homes. These are five-gallon buckets with laundry soap, sponges, dish soap, Pine-Sol, garbage bags, cleaning wipes, air freshener, insect repellent, latex gloves, work gloves, scrubbing brushes, and so forth. For more information, contact Hardy Memorial UMC, or go online to umcor.org/relief-supplies.

Hilltop Bible Fellowship, on Park Street in Ashdown, is taking a trailer of supplies (water, diapers, etc) to Louisiana on Monday, August 29th. Anyone can drop off items by the church on Sunday morning or afternoon, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Beginning Saturday, August 27th at 8 a.m., donations can be dropped off to 1519 Arkansas Blvd, Texarkana, Arkansas 71854. If you have any questions about the drop location or what items are needed contact Shane Powell at (870) 826-7186 or James Zumwalt at (870) 826-7732.

Items Needed:

  • Plastic Totes
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Underwear (for all ages- male and female)
  • Socks
  • Non-perishable Food
  • Light Clothing (clean, folded, and new if possible)
  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Towels
  • wash Cloths
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Toilet Paper
  • All Toiletries
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Soaps (bath,dishwashing and clothing detergent)
  • Cots
  • Diapers
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Bleach
  • First Aid Supplies/Kits
  • Disposable Wipes
  • Baby Supplies
  • Baby Blankets and Clothing (new or clean)
  • Pet Food
  • Food Bowls
  • Collapsible Kennels or Pet
  • Carriers
  • Old Blankets/Tower

 

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