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Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge offers these tips for helping after disaster
Baton Rouge—After any disaster, the phones at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge (CCDBR) start ringing. The staff at the agency brace for the calls from people wanting to help as news of the destruction unfolds.
“We aren’t surprised that people in Louisiana want to help” said David Aguillard, CCDBR Executive Director. “The people of South Louisiana are traditionally known for being some of the most generous in the country. Since the outpouring of support for the state after Hurricane Katrina, that tradition grew even stronger.”
Agency seeks donations to help kids start school with new shoes.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge (CCDBR) announced plans today that it’s expanding its Kicks for Kids program to buy school shoes for children affected by the 2016 floods and asks for community support to students start school on the right foot. The expansion will put the program’s budget in the red, and the agency is asking for donations to make up the difference.
Since 2007, Catholic Charities Kicks for Kids has paired up with area churches, Payless Shoe Source and to collect funds to buy new school shoes for 6,000 children. All of the families receiving shoe vouchers are current or former clients of Catholic Charities. However, the agency spokesman says the need is growing every year as CCDBR expands the geographic range and client groups included in the drive.
For South Louisiana, it’s not a matter of “IF” a disaster hits, it’s “when.” Disaster recovery starts when the sun is shining. Too many times, people are caught off guard when they can't get the help they need because they've failed to take care of business. Here’s some tips we’ve learned from helping thousands of families recover from all kinds of disaster.
Catholic Charities Diocese of Baton Rouge, St. Vincent de Paul and St. Joseph Cathedral will host their annual Way of the Cross downtown Good Friday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The procession begins at St. Joseph Cathedral, travels a 14-station route throughout the State Capitol grounds, returning to the steps of the Cathedral.
The Way of the Cross is a symbolic pilgrimage highlighting the suffering of Christ in the world today through the poor, abandoned, abused, ill and homeless. It is an opportunity for the Baton Rouge faith community to come together for a day of united prayer.
Check out this video from the 2010 Way of the Cross.