Fill a box for tornado victims of Alabama in progress

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

The tornadoes that went through Alabama on April 27 were devastating. After hearing the news of this crisis Pat and Gina LeBlanc of Gonzales wanted to help and wanted to make sure that any efforts were put to good use. All focus has been on Tuscaloosa but many other areas were hit as well. Gina having been raised in Greensboro, in Hale County, it was a “No Brainer” of where we would put our focus, she said.

She contacted the Hale County Emergency Service Unit where she was excited to find a familiar voice on the other end of the phone. She knew then that they had made the right decision. Then, she heard that the Hale County Animal Shelter was also desperate for supplies. She learned that many animals were left homeless because their owners could not keep them anymore due to losing their homes or had perished. And, she learned that FEMA has not acknowledged this county even though over 25 families lost their homes and many others do not have electricity or clean water.

The LeBlancs are asking for residents to help with their cause by donating these items:

• Unperishable Food-canned goods, read -to-eat, Gatorade, boxed juices, bottled water, baby food

• Food Serving items- plastic forks, spoons, knives, paper plates, paper towels, plastic bowls

• Toiletries- Toilet paper, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, brushes, shampoo, soap, hand sanitizer, handi-wipes

• Cleaning supplies- laundry detergent, dish soap, etc.

• Miscellaneous supplies: Large Ziploc Bags, towels, wash rags, sleeping bags, blankets, bug repellent, garbage bags or grocery bags for sorting

• For pets:Fans, baby blankets, towels, shampoo, bowls, dog food, cat food, kitty litter, wire cages, carriers, treats.

Anything you can think of will be appreciated.

The deadline is May 12. Drop off is at 39396 Coontrap Rd., Gonzales.

For a box or more information, call Pat at 225-715-9464 or Gina at 225-202-6358.