American Legion Post 560 in Garden Oaks is doubling down on its efforts to help victims of Hurricane Laura, many of whom are still in need of assistance.
On Sept. 4, members of the local Legion post dropped off a truckload of donated supplies to their sister post, American Legion Post 179 in Sulphur, Louisiana. The local organization is planning to deliver another truckload to Sulphur on Sept. 20 and is asking for the community’s help.
“This isn’t the first time Garden Oaks has stepped up to help us, and we’re so happy to have the relationship that we do with our neighbors,” said Scott Villarreal-Dowlearn, the First Vice Commander for Post 560. “There’s been times we need things and we simply ask. Then next thing we know it’s at our door within the hour.”
Community members can drop off items at Post 560, located at 3720 Alba Rd. in Garden Oaks, through Sept. 19. Volunteers will be on hand from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday to accept donations. In lieu of donating items, those wanting to help also can make cash donations to the organization to cover the cost of any additional needed supplies.
Last weekend, Post 560 served as the donation depot for a supply drive sponsored by the American Legion, Department of Texas District 8. According to Post 560, FEMA and other government assistance has not yet made it to Post 179, and the organization has not been given any set date on when help might arrive – leaving the small community in significant need of supplies.
“Once again, we are asking for your help so that we may continue to bring comfort and hope to those still in need,” Post 560 said.
Post 179 has established itself as a shelter and supply distribution center for those impacted by Hurricane Laura. Among items donated to Post 560 during the last drive included 30 cases of water, more than 500 rolls of toilet paper, 50 pounds of cat food and more than 300 canned good items.
“Right away, you could see the relief on their faces – and I understand that feeling so much, having been on the receiving end of (these natural disasters) so many times before,” Villarreal-Dowlearn said. “It’s great to be able to do something for these guys and do it with our community’s help.”
The following items will be accepted, among others:
– Non-perishable canned food and snacks;
– Pet food and cat litter;
– Bottled water;
– Generators/gas cans;
– Trash bags;
– Work gloves
– Cleaning supplies
– Bug spray/repellant;
– Personal hygiene and shower supplies
– Paper plates, towels, and napkins