Ponchatoula volunteers collected more than 50 boxes of donations for Hurricane Laura victims in the DeRidder community, city spokesperson Faith Allen said Wednesday.
Donations ranged from baby items, non-perishable food, personal hygiene products, bottled water, Gatorade, juice, milk, feminine products and gift cards, she said.
First Baptist Church helped with the collection Sept. 3-11 and the delivery, she said.
Ponchatoula Area Recreation District, Kiwanis Club/PHS Key Club, Rotary, Lions Club, Lucky Bucks Coupon Book, Ponchatoula Credit and Tax Service, Ponchatoula public schools, and more members of the Ponchatoula community helped too.
Kim Howes Zabbia of The Art Station spearheaded a drive for art supplies and children’s activities. Contributions also came from Melissa Porter of The Big Red Barn, Lane Spears and Dayna Braud of Revival Art House, Mandy Mongrue of Follow Your Art, Nancy Lowentritt, Lisa Kluka, Melanie and Rhonda Barratini, and Friends of the Art Station’s Denise Fajoni, Catherine Hoffer and Brenda Jones.
“Here in Southeast Louisiana, we know all too well the damage a hurricane can cause,” Allen said. “Throughout the last several natural disasters, we have been blown away with the love and support others have shown us. When we heard about the devastation in DeRidder and Southeast Louisiana, we knew it was our time to step up and return the favor.”