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September 03, 2005

Ways to help displaced Louisiana colleagues

In storm-striken Louisiana, 585 displaced LSU AgCenter faculty and staff members and their families are living at 4-H camp "with only the clothes on their back," reports the center's communications and public affairs director Frankie Gould.

Others are in motels, with family or other temporary accommodations and "will not be able to go back to their offices for six to 12 months, so we are in the process of relocating them," she says.

A relief and donation center has been set up to help the LSU AgCenter families and others through the American Red Cross.

MONETARY DONATIONS: AgCenter Hurricane Relief Fund

To donate by mail, send a check payable to the Louisiana 4-H Foundation to Mr. Trey Williams, P.O. Box 25100, Baton Rouge, LA 70894-5100. In the memo field of the check, indicate "Relief Fund."

To donate by credit card, visit the Louisiana 4-H Foundation Web site at www.La4HFoundation.org or call the 4-H Foundation office at 225-578-1172.

"Be assured that 100 percent of all monies collected will be distributed to AgCenter faculty and staff affected by Katrina," Gould says. "No part of your donation will be used for administrative expenses."

For more information, contact Trey Williams, executive director of the Louisiana 4-H Foundation, at 225-578-1172 or email wwilliams@agctr.lsu.edu.

OTHER DONATIONS: AgCenter Hurricane Relief Drop-off Center

Nelson Memorial adjacent to Parker Coliseum on the LSU Campus is serving as a donation drop-off center for AgCenter employees and their families who have lost their homes.

The following items are being requested: Clothing, bedding, toys,
toiletries, art/school supplies and bottled water. Specifically there are needs for men's, women's, and children's shoes. Also, there is a need of men's pants, sizes 36 or larger, and men's shirts in sizes large and up.

Attn: Jamie Segar
Donation Drop-off Center
101 Efferson Hall - LSU AgCenter
Baton Rouge, La 70803

Here's what's urgently needed:

- small toys and games
- deodorant
- razors
- shaving cream
- shampoo
- bottled water
- baby formula
- diapers
- feminine hygiene products
- denture fastener
- toilet paper
- paper towels
- baby wipes
- pillows
- blankets
- sheets
- Depends
- Ensure
- 10-12 ounce cups
- paper napkins
- plastic spoons
- duffel/tote bags
- spray cleaners
- tissues
- portable lawn chairs
- detergent
- large garbage bags

Posted by deeshore at September 3, 2005 01:24 PM