St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Donation Drive for Hurricane Devastated Puerto Rico

Donation Drive for Hurricane Devastated Puerto Rico

Thursday, September 28, 2017

St. John the Baptist Parish - In conjunction with the Louisiana Governor's Office, St. John the Baptist Parish will participate in a statewide donation drive to help Hurricane Maria survivors in Puerto Rico.

Governor John Bel Edwards has directed the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) to lead the donation drive and encourages all Parishes to participate. Maria’s hurricane force winds whipped through the island and knocked out most forms of communication, while heavy rain caused severe flooding and has put a major dam at risk of failure. Due to the islands lack of a normal supply chain, women, children and infants are in dire need of diapers, baby formula, baby bottles and appropriate nipples, as well as baby wipes and feminine care products.

From now until October 11, 2017, the following items can be brought to REGALA Gymnasium, 194 Regala Park Road in Reserve between the hours of 9AM and 3PM, Monday through Friday and 9AM-4PM, Saturday and Sunday:

• Diapers

• Non-perishable infant formula (powder only)

• Baby wipes

•New Baby Bottles and nipples

•Feminine care products (tampons, pads, napkins, panty liners)

NOTE: It is important to ONLY bring the items requested.

Donation drives, at times, can cause more burden for a disaster area if a planned system is not used from start to finish. Keeping the initial statewide drive limited to specific items will make shipping the donations easier and will speed the delivery of the items to the people of Puerto Rico.

If your group or organization wants to further volunteer or assist with this effort, please contact the St. John Public Safety Office at 985-652-2222.