Ascension Parish reaches out to Alabama

Charlotte Guedry

Ascension Parish has had its fair share of disasters. Hurricanes and flooding have effected the area for many years, and organizations have offered relief and aid. So when recent tornadoes ravaged our Southern friends in Alabama, the parish knew it was time to give back.

The Ascension Parish Government, Ascension Chamber of Commerce, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, City of Gonzales, Jambalaya Festival Association, area Rotary Clubs, and Volunteer Ascension, have all joined together to host a relief effort this Saturday, May 7, at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.

The effort has been organized to send much needed items to Alabama’s residents.

“Sherrie Despino with the Chamber contacted all of us with the idea, and I thought it was great. I can recall folks from Alabama, among others, coming here and offering support during our times of struggle. I specifically remember the Orange Beach Fire Department. It’s only fitting that we reciprocate by assisting their communities as much as we can,” said Mayor of Gonzales Barney Arceneaux.

“We are such a giving community,” said Despino. “So many people assisted us after Katrina, and we want to pass that help along. One of the board members came up with the idea, so we  got together to make this happen. Our community is a great one. So many people care. This seemed the right thing to do.”

Residents are asked to bring the following items: diapers, sanitation kits, baby food, formula, toiletry items, cots, plastic ware, sports drinks, canned goods, bottled water, flashlights, gloves, shower shoes, blankets, pillows and first-aid kits.

Cash donations are also being accepted. Call the Ascension Chamber office on 647-7487.