After being assaulted and loved on by my Godson and niece, a full night’ sleep, and a fresh cup of coffee this morning, I finally got out to deliver the donations from El Paso.
First stop was at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in St. Amant. We unloaded 6 or 7 carts of food, water, toys, blankets, and baby things once we arrived. I am 100% certain that we could have gotten more to them if they were not packed farther in the truck. Unforunately, they were not established for a large scale relief effort, as only 2 people were working in the relief building at a time, and were running out of space. They weren’t set to take clothes, but gave us some leads on organizations and places that may be willing to take them.
Considering that the bulk of the items in the truck were clothes, Mom started making some phone calls. Again, the road block came when none of the churches we contacted were taking clothes unless they were new. We made the decision at that point to go down to the local St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store to see if they were taking and giving donations. They informed us that, though they were a Thrift Store, if someone came in looking for flood relief, they were given 2 pairs of clothes, a pair of shoes, and a set of linen. You cannot always be picky, but their desire to help those in need told me that they were the ones for us. Here we run into Road Block #2…… they were so overwhelmed with donations that they had no room. The young lady almost cried when I opened the back of the truck. She said she really wished that she could take it all, and told me that if we could not find somewhere else to donate it that they would make the room anyway. She made a few phone calls and finally got us onto a location. So, mom and I loaded up in the truck and headed over to Baton Rouge.