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BASF Geismar employee volunteers, from left, Terrance Stewart, Wallace Floyd, Al Jolissaint, Derrick Shaffer, Lester Scott and Michael Barrilleaux, assembled 200 care packages for 400 troops deployed overseas.


Local veterans in need will benefit from the more than $15,000 raised through Capital Area United Way and BASF Geismar’s United4Vets text-to-give campaign.

The monthlong campaign, in which members of the 10-parish community were invited to text to donate money, wrapped up on Veterans Day. Ascension Parish Schools also participated in the campaign with a series of fundraisers.The money that was raised will help local veterans receive resources including shelter, mental health support and addiction recovery.

One donor was randomly selected to receive a pair of tickets to the LSU-Arkansas football game, donated by Guaranty Broadcasting, according to a news release.

“We are once again touched by the overwhelming generosity of our community,” said George Bell, president and CEO of Capital Area United Way. “With continued support from BASF, we were able to come together and truly make a difference in the lives of those veterans who have given us so much.”

BASF employees also raised $4,000 to create 200 care packages for 400 troops serving overseas. Employee volunteers organized the packing and sending of the care packages, and BASF contributed $5,000 in supplies and shipping costs.