Volunteers deliver supplies to homeless shelter

Sunshine Ladies bring donations to House of Serenity. From left are Ann Bourliea, homeless shelter owner and manager Ms. Francis Seymour, Sheila Gagliano and resident Mr. John.

Members of Sunshine Ladies, a part of Tangipahoa Volunteers for Family and Community, visited House of Serenity homeless shelter in Ponchatoula on July 22.

They collect items for use by the local homeless population all year long and deliver these collected items once or twice a year.

On this visit, TVFC donated 47 bags of clothes, including underwear, socks, and shoes.

Socks are usually one of the most requested items at homeless shelters. Donations of underclothing such as socks and underwear must be brand new items; clothing and shoes may be gently used.

They also delivered items for personal hygiene, such as Kleenex, bath soaps and deodorants for men and women.

In addition, they bought food items for the residents, including industrial sized jars of peanut butter and jelly, cans of tuna fish and chicken breast, boxes of saltine crackers, cans of coffee, sugar, and coffee creamer, some much-needed kitchen items, napkins and laundry detergent and more.

To help keep the residents safe during this continued Covid pandemic, TVFC also donated 30 homemade cloth face masks to the "friends without addresses" who are currently living at the House of Serenity shelter. These items were all delivered while following state protocols.

Tangipahoa Volunteers For Family And Community is the all-volunteer arm of the LSU Ag Center Extension Service. Members work to help and strengthen families and individuals in the local community.

House of Serenity is one of TVFC's many service projects each year. They goal is to help as many as possible, as much as possible.

This year has been very hard on many places that provide help to the homeless, so the TVFC's help is always greatly appreciated.

The group invites anyone who is interested in getting involved to email to President Marie Heck at marie_heck@yahoo.com.

"Our meetings are on hold right now, because of the virus, but we hope to resume our regular meetings in a month or two, and we'd love to have you come out and join us!" Heck said.

See http://www.tangivfc.com for more information.

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