Group collecting ‘Gifts from the Delta’ for Ida survivors
JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Hurricane Ida roared ashore in southern Louisiana on August 29, and the need for help is still great.
Because of that, a local business and charity are teaming up, along with Arkansas State University, to help get supplies to the people in need.
“We are all neighbors,” said organizer Jan Paschal.
Paschal, along with Guy Pardew and Jenny Moore, have teamed up to collect items for hurricane victims.
At Olympus Construction, 2506 W. Washington, where he is the vice president, Pardew has set up a 40-foot shipping container. The plan is to fill the container with water to send to Louisiana by Friday, Sept. 10.
“We’ve talked to different representatives in different areas of Louisiana,” Pardew said. “They’ve expressed that they need those items, specifically water immediately.”
Other items they are needing include things like non-perishable foods, toiletries, and things like batteries.
“There’s also been a lot of expressed for small portable stoves with replacement propane ad butane that they are saying would be a godsend for people with no power to be able to heat a meal,” Pardew said.
They have received donations of water and money from two Jackson County churches.
“They gave us a check to pay for gas to get this stuff down there,” Paschal said.
The group is asking businesses, churches, and individuals in the Arkansas Delta to lend a hand to help any way they can.
“If you’ve got an extra 40-foot container sitting around, there’s nothing stopping you from doing the same thing,” Pardew said.
Paschal said this is the time for those in the Delta to show how we take care of our friends to the south.
“We want you, every one of you to be involved,” Paschal said. “We want you to say, we’re going to show the rest of the country this is how you do it.”
Large bulk items can be donated at Olympus Construction, 2506 West Washington Ave. while smaller items can be taken to Griffin Training Center, 401 West Huntington Ave.
For more information on how to donate, call or text Jenny Moore at 870-530-5146.
You can also make a monetary donation to Every Child is Ours and send it to Olympus Construction.
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