Louisiana's First Lady makes a special delivery

Louisiana's First Lady makes a special delivery
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POSTED: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 5:53pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 5:54pm

It may not feel like it yet, but it's just about spring time. So when you get to doing your spring cleaning, whether it's in the pantry or in your closet, don't forget the local non profits who need your help. Louisiana's First Lady did her part Wednesday.

This isn't the first time the First Lady Supriya Jindal given back to non-profits here in baton rouge, but she's hoping people will follow her lead and do the same.

"Folks are out there working hard to make sure they can thrive and succeed and see their families do well. We want to be a part of that," Jindal said.

That's why she cane to at the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. She donated nearly 1,000 pounds of food.

"A lot of times, people think about the food bank around the holidays, which it's definitely needed, but at this time of year, we see donations kind of slow down," the Vice President of Food Procurement at GBR Food Bank Amy Sellers said.

That decline is why donations are vital this time of year, and the people who need help may be right next door.

"We may have an elderly neighbor that may be struggling having three meals a day, and you may not even know it," Sellers said.

The First Lady's donation didn't stop with the food bank. She also donated some of her own clothes to St. Vincent De Paul's Bishop Ott Shelter.

"It's great to have this kind of donation. The weather's cold today, and it has been cold," Michael Acaldo of St. Vincent De Paul said.

The shelter's currently at capacity. Over the past couple of months, the shelter's seen a record number of people.

"Especially women and children...I hope people will follow her example, and donate to homeless programs such St. Vincent De Paul's Bishop Ott Shelter," Acaldo said.

That's the First Lady's goal..

"They do an amazing job all year round. We want to encourage people out there. If you have the ability to come out and volunteer your time," Jindal said.

The GBR Food Bank and St. Vincent De Paul do drives year-round. So for more information on how you can help out, you can go to:

http://www.brfoodbank.org/

http://www.svdpbr.org/shelter.aspx

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