What's going on here: Relief PODs in parish

Charlotte Guedry
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After raising $1,200 to send Gonzales man Lester Duplessis with an 18-wheeler full of supplies to Joplin, Missouri, distribution PODs have now been set up to start taking donated items.

The two PODs are located outside of Ralph’s Supermarket on Hwy. 44 near Pelican Point and also outside of Lamendola’s Supermarket on Hwy. 44.

Donations of electrolyte-based beverages, hygiene products for both men and women, books and games for children, and non-perishable food items are being accepted, and residents from throughout the parish are being asked to give whatever they can.

The items will be distributed among different shelters in the city of Joplin to assist with the needs of the many residents of that area still homeless from the recent tornadoes in the area. The aim is to fill the 1-wheeler with enough supplies to make a real difference in the area.

The PODs are opened in the mornings and closed again when the stores close, so items are only accepted during the individual stores operating hours.