The River Parishes community is known for rallying around those who need help.

This week, residents of St. Charles and St. John the Baptist parishes are working together to help the Isom family, of St. Charles Parish, who lost their home and most of their possessions in a house fire early June 29.

Denise Isom works at Harry Hurst Middle School in Destrehan. Son Donovan Isom is a former Destrehan High School quarterback who signed with the University of Utah. Daughter Jasmaine Smith is an aspiring model. Denise Isom’s elder father also lives with the family and was briefly hospitalized for smoke inhalation and minor injuries after the fire.

Donations, including clothing and household items, may be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Harry Hurst Middle School in Destrehan.

Additional fundraisers are in the works. A GoFundMe page has been set up at

Dinner aids wounded deputy

The Knights of Columbus Red Church Council and the Fraternal Order of Police will hold a benefit spaghetti dinner for St. Charles Parish sheriff’s Deputy Burt Hazeltine, who was wounded in the line of duty in April.

The dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 375 Spruce St., Norco. Dinners of spaghetti, corn and coleslaw are $10 each and are available for eat-in, pickup and drive-through. Sweets also will be sold.

For information, contact Tony Perret at (504) 559-4617.

Uniform giveaway Saturday

Assistance for Single Parents will hold its uniform giveaway for St. Charles Parish students from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the St. Charles United Methodist Church, 1905 Ormond Blvd., Destrehan.

Free uniforms will be available to the children of working, single parents who are residents of St. Charles Parish and who are registered with Assistance for Single Parents. Visit assistancefor for more information.

Girl Scouts leaders honored

Girl Scouts Louisiana East honored its adult volunteers at the council’s annual meeting April 18.

Among those receiving council-level awards were St. Charles Parish volunteers Jan Barbee, Denise Matherne and Hollie Pfister.

Barbee, a resident of Des Allemands who received the Volunteer of Excellence Award, has been involved in Girl Scouts in many ways, from troop leader to her current role as the St. Charles Parish service unit administrator. She has helped to organize many large events and most recently served as a council delegate to the Girl Scout National Convention in Utah in the fall.

Matherne and Pfister both received the Appreciation Pin, which recognizes outstanding service in delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, benefiting at least one geographic area of service. Matherne, of Des Allemands, has given more than 10 years of service to Girl Scouts in various service unit positions including that of a recruiter and organizer. Pfister, of Norco, has been a registered Girl Scout for more than 20 years. She consistently leads the St. Charles service unit to have a successful product sale each year.