Area organizations are accepting donations to help those affected by flooding in the Baton Rouge area.
The Capital Area United Way is accepting donated goods at its Laurel Street office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily until further notice. The items will be distributed to United Way's partner agencies, including the American Red Cross, said Ashley Montagnino, CAUW marketing and events manager.
Items needed are pillows, blankets, diapers, baby food and formula, toilet paper, bottled water, non-perishable food items (such as canned goods), buckets, mops, cleaning supplies, rubber gloves, masks, unopened packages of new underwear (adult and children), unopened packages of new socks (adult and children), feminine hygiene products, shampoo, soap, toilet paper, deodorant, school supplies and boxes or containers.
To make a monetary donation, text LAFLOOD to 313131 or visit cauw.org and click donate. Donations can also be mailed to Capital Area United Way, Attn: Flood Relief, 700 Laurel St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802. For volunteer opportunities, visit cauw.org/volunteer.
Those still in need of assistance can call 2-1-1 for information concerning local relief in their area.
The American Red Cross is not set up to accept, sort and distribute physical donations, said spokesperson Jennifer Rainey, and asks for monetary donations only. To donate to the Red Cross, visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word LAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Shelters at Southern University's F.G. Clark Activity Center, Celtic Media Centre and the Baton Rouge River Center are well-supplied and are not currently seeking donations, spokespersons at those locations said Monday.
The shelter at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, run by the Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, seeks the following donations: socks (all sizes, infants to adults), aloe lotion, baby items (wipes, snacks, bottles, pacifiers, formula, nursery water, diapers of all sizes, pull-ups, baby shampoo, powder, lotion and Mylicon drops), dog food (canned or dry), ropes and buckets for horses, horse food and adult diapers.
Bring items to the gym at Lamar Dixon Expo Center, 9039 St. Landry Road, Gonzales.
The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging will have four senior centers open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning today: Dumas House Senior Center, 1313 N. Sherwood Forest Blvd.; Florida Boulevard Senior Center, 5790 Florida Blvd.; Greater King David Senior Center, 131 Elmer Ave.; and the Martin Luther King Community Center, 4000 Gus Young Ave.
The agency will continue to provide incontinence supplies, Boost/Ensure and personal hygiene supplies, which can be picked up at the EBRCOA main location, 5790 Florida Blvd.
EBRCOA is accepting monetary donations via the agency website at www.ebrcoa.org and is accepting donations of new material aide supplies. Donations should be dropped off at 5790 Florida Blvd.
The Baton Rouge Area Foundation has established a flood relief fund. To donate, visit braf.org/louisiana-flood-relief, which also provides links for donating to employee assistance funds of several companies.
To donate $10 to the Salvation Army, text STORM to 51555.
The East Baton Rouge Schools Foundation has set up a fund to take care of facilities, students and teachers. Visit app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/FoundationforEastBatonRougeSc/donatetoday-1.html.
Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana has a fund specific to area schools and teachers. It also has a link for teachers to request assistance. Visit apeleducators.org/page/disasterrelief.
Those wishing to volunteer their services to assist flood victims can find opportunities through volunteerlouisiana.gov.