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2017 Tornadoes: Donation Opportunities
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN DONATING! Monetary donations to recognized organizations are the biggest needs at this time.
Why donate money instead of goods?
- Cash donations help to avoid the labor and expense of sorting, packing, transporting and distributing donated goods.
- Voluntary relief agencies use cash to meet individual needs more quickly.
- Purchasing relief supplies available in the impacted community helps the local economy to recover more quickly.
- A community hit by a disaster will not have the time, manpower or money to store or dispose of unneeded donations.
DONATING MONEY To DISASTER RELIEF Organizations
We encourage you to donate to those local organizations in your community that are assisting in disaster response and recovery. You might also donate to any of the agencies that are members of LAVOAD, Louisiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters. Please contact the individual LAVOAD member organizations in the link below to learn how to donate to their disaster recovery efforts.
If you are in need of help, call 2-1-1 to get connected to available resources.
Additional Agencies Accepting Donations are below. Please contact us to get your agency included on this list. (Thank you to NOLA.com for the initial list)
- Accepting: Monetary donations. To make a donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, visit redcross.org/donate, or call 1-800-REDCROSS. Financial gifts may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter.
- For more updates, follow the Louisiana Region of the American Red Cross on Twitter at @ARCLousiana. You can also contact the region at redcross.org/Louisiana or call 1-800-256-4733.
- Accepting: Monetary donations. To make a donation to SBP's Louisiana Tornado Recovery Fund, click here. Proceeds will fund SBP's initial damage assessment and begin rebuilding work for those most in need.
- Accepting: Monetary donations. To make a donation to the GNOF's Helping Our Neighbors: Tornado Relief Fund, click here. Proceeds will support nonprofit organizations in the Greater New Orleans area providing assistance to affected individuals.
*Second Harvest -- Second Harvest Food Bank will deliver 600 emergency meals to HOPE the Food Pantry in New Orleans East, which has ceased daily meal preparation as a result of tornado-caused power outage.
- Accepting: Nonperishable food items such as canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned meat, soups, stews, beans, chili, peanut butter, pasta, rice, breakfast cereal and shelf-stable milk. For a full list of suggested donation items, click here.
- Where to donate: (1) 700 Edwards Avenue in the Elmwood Warehouse District area, (2) Second Harvest's Lafayette location at 215 E. Pinhook Road.
- When: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
- Click here to make a monetary donation to Second Harvest.
- Accepting: Monetary donations. To make a donation to support Camp Restore's long-term recovery efforts, click here. Indicate "New Orleans East Tornado Relief" when making a donation.
*New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans Tornado Relief Efforts -- Working with The United Way, The American Red Cross and The Second Harvest Food Bank, the Saints and Pelicans have established a collection point for the public to drop off non-perishable food items and other tornado-related items of need.
- Accepting: Non-perishable food items. There is also an immediate need for towels, blankets, toiletries and clothing, according to the Red Cross.
- Where to donate: Saints Practice Facility Lobby Museum, 5800 Airline Dr., Metairie, LA 70003
- When: Wednesday (Feb. 8) and Thursday (Feb. 9) from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
*ReNEW Schools -- ReNEW Schools saw its Schaumberg Elementary campus damaged by the tornado.
- Accepting: Monetary donations to support its students and families. Click here.
*Gardner Realtors --
- Accepting: Clean clothes, shoes, socks, linens/towels, new toiletries, new underwear, diapers, cleaning supplies, bulk food, feminine hygiene products, pet food, pet shampoo, and water.
- Where to donate: Any Gardner Realtor office (find a local office here)
- When: Wednesday, Feb. 8 through Thursday, Feb. 9 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
- Items will be distributed on Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gardner Realtors New Orleans East Office, 7100 Read Blvd.
*City Church New Orleans -- City Church is seeking donations and volunteers and will be providing commodities, emergency supplies, hot meals, clean-up help and grief counseling.
- Accepting: Monetary donations and physical items including bottled water, non-perishable foods, toiletries, flashlights, batteries, baby wipes, band aids, peroxide, ointment, aspirin and basic first aid items. They are not accepting clothing.
- Where to donate: Make a financial contribution at citychurchno.com/relief or by calling 504-246-5121. Volunteer or bring items by coming to the church at 13123 I-10 Service Road.
*Louisiana SPCA -- The Louisiana SPCA has set up a temporary pet shelter at Joe Brown Park, and is handing out dog and cat supplies.
- Accepting: Unopened dry cat and dog food and large air crates are particularly needed
- Where to donate: Donations can be dropped off at the Louisiana SPCA (1700 Mardi Gras Blvd.), Canine Connection (4920 Tchoupitoulas, Camp Bow Wow - Mid-City (3301 Conti Street), NO Fleas Market (4228 Magazine Street), Demo Diva Demolition (6246 Memphis Street). Items can also be ordered off of the Louisiana SPCA's Amazon wish list. Additionally, donations can be made at www.la-spca.org/donate.
- Families impacted by the tornado who are in need of clothing can go to the Louisiana SPCA's NO Fleas Market Uptown and receive a $50 voucher to shop there. They will need to show a valid ID from the affected area.
- Accepting: Monetary donations, 100% of which will go towards purchasing gift cards for families in need to help them get back on their feet. To make a donation, click here.
*District B Council Office, Broadmoor Improvement Association & VAYLA -- These three groups are partnering to provide needed supplies to affected individuals. They are collecting needed items in Broadmoor, and then transporting the collected supplies to VAYLA's headquarters, where they will be distributed.
- Accepting: Clean clothes, shoes, socks, children's clothes, baby clothes, diapers, new toiletries, linens/towels, new underwear, cleaning supplies & detergent, flashlights, durable cleanup gloves, plastic tarps, nonperishable bulk food (no power friendly), feminine hygiene products, pet food and pet shampoo.
- Where to donate: Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Center, 3900 General Taylor St. (504-249-5130)
- When: Wednesday (Feb. 8) to Friday (Feb. 10) from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Saturday (Feb. 11) from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. *Note: Please drop off items only during open hours*
- To make a monetary donation to VAYLA's rebuilding and construction efforts, click here.
*Household of Faith -- Household of Faith is serving as a dropoff location and distribution station.
- Accepting: Clothing, toiletries and nonperishable items
- Where to donate: 9300 1-10 Service Road, New Orleans, LA 70127 (504-347-0127)
- Accepting: Monetary donations. To make a donation online, click here. To make a donation by check, please make payable to United Way of Southeast Louisiana, write 2017 Tornado Relief in the memo line and mail to: United Way of Southeast Louisiana, ATTN: 2017 Tornado Relief, 2515 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119
- If you are interested in volunteering to help rebuild, click here to sign up through the United Way HandsOn New Orleans Volunteer Center.
- Accepting: Donations of non-perishable food items
- Where to donate: 13040 I-10 Service Road, New Orleans, LA 70128