Today those of us who were not as deeply affected by Hurricane Delta can do a little giving back. It's the Spirit of Acadiana Day of Giving. It's today and your help is greatly needed and will be greatly appreciated. Our local television news partner KATC is teaming up with the United Way to foster a supply drive to aid those who were adversely affected by the storm.

The event will run from 6 this morning until 6 this evening at the United Way of Acadiana facility which is located at 215 E. Pinhook. The television station along with United Way of Acadiana, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Catholic Charities of Acadiana is the driving force behind this event.

Here is how you can help, according to a post on the KATC website. 

The following items are requested.

Non-Perishable Foods

  • Canned tuna
  • Dried or canned beans
  • Canned Chili, soup
  • Peanut Butter
  • Nuts
  • Trail mix
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Fruits, fruit cups
  • Tomato and spaghetti sauces
  • Dried
  • sugar/high fiber cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Grits
  • Granola bars
  • Healthy snacks

Supplies

  • Unused mops, buckets
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal hygiene items
  • SoapHand sanitizer
  • Disposable PPE
  • Paper plates
  • Disposable cutlery
  • Tarps
  • Floor Scrappers
  • Prybars
  • Commercial trash bags
  • Utility knives
  • Clotheslines/pins

Personal

  • Toiletries (soap, deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo)
  • School supplies
  • Unused socks
  • Unused underwear
  • Feminine products
  • Diapers (size 2-6)

The KATC Website has also posted a list of items that organizers are unable to take as donations, so DON'T bring any of the following.

  • Unlabeled cans
  • Rusty cans
  • Glass containers
  • Perishable food
  • Clothing
  • Open or Used items
  • Medicine

By the way, there are still opportunities to volunteer and help out with today's event. You can visit the United Way of Acadiana website for that. And if you find yourself in need of assistance, whether it be for food, shelter, or any other reason, simply dial 211 on your telephone. You will be connected to someone who can offer advice and direction on the best way to solve your particular issues.