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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.
On Saturday, February 11, 2017, family members, Catholic Charities and volunteers from St. Aloysius Catholic Church were on hand to greet an Iraqi family of 5 as they arrived at the Baton Rouge airport to join other family members CCDBR resettled last year.
“In today’s world, service to the poor often means helping people from around the globe, said David Aguillard, a parishioner at Aloysius and Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. “We live our Christian faith and Catholic tradition when we welcome them as members of our single human family, house them, and help them become our new neighbors.”
“This is nothing new for Aloysius,” continued Aguillard. “We’ve done the same for other families in past years, helping Catholic Charities house and welcome refugees when they first arrive no matter where they’re from.”