POSTED: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 5:40pm
UPDATED: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 5:06pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — NBC33 News, sister station FOX44 News, and St. Vincent de Paul have teamed up for another year of the holiday collection drive. This marks the 20th year of working together to assist the homeless in our community for the holidays. We hope that you’ll help us achieve that goal.
All you have to do is bring your donations on December 1 and 15 to Perkins Rowe between 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
The Bishop Ott Shelter Program and Myriam’s House serve homeless men, women and children by providing over 25,000 guest nights of shelter annually with a philosophy of giving a hand-up, not a hand-out. The items collected in our annual campaign are critical in providing a home to people who have nowhere else to turn for help.
We open our arms and our hearts to those who have no place to call home. Help the most vulnerable in our community by donating one or more of the items listed below.
Sheets (twin & crib size)
Umbrellas and rain gear
Disposable Diapers (especially sizes 4,5,6)
Men’s, women’s and children’s underwear
Plates & bowls
High efficiency laundry detergent
Drink mix (tea, lemonade, etc.)
Feminine hygiene products
Soap and shampoo
With the economic downturn, our beds are full, and we are seeing a lot of new people who have been impacted by the economy. So many people have lost jobs, while others still have jobs, but are working fewer hours. When you are already struggling to stay afloat, one missed paycheck can result in homelessness.
News Director David D’Aquin recently appeared on Baton Rouge Lagniappe to discuss the holiday drive. Click here  to see that interview.