Well, due to the overwhelming response to my Friday email about
collecting donations and driving down, I have had to alter the plans
a little!!!! For those new to the list...I sent an email Friday
about how I hated what was going on in Louisiana & the other
southern states due to Katrina and I wanted to help. I was going to
drive items I collected down...well, needless to say it has become
something much bigger than that!
Thank you to all who have donated and to those who have committed to
donating! You are all very much appreciated!
My mom & I have revived a non-profit in Lafayette, Louisiana called
Otto's Angels (named after my grandfather). Visit the new website
for details - www.ottosangels.com
Instead of myself driving down, we now have a person driving a
semi-truck (18 wheeler type), and he is leaving for Louisiana ASAP!
I have lots of items coming to my house Thurs/Fri - but the sooner
they can be dropped off, the better! We also plan to have a second
truck and/or plane bringing stuff down next week! I am also listing
other 'drop-off' locations, as I've now teamed up with a few other
people organizing efforts to ensure we get the most coverage
The big key points for this email are:
- Need Money for Gas - is about $1500 / trip
- Drop-Off locations
- Fundraiser NEXT THURSDAY
- Need clothes etc that is gathered, toiletries, linens, towels, and
- Need small furniture
- Need volunteers to be at drop-off locations to help load and
- SPREAD the WORD!!!!!
1. We are planning on having the truck parked in front of my house
THIS THURSDAY (tomorrow) at
my house - email me for info -
If you want to drop things off to load, that would be great! If you
aren't able to come by until Friday night, that is fine, we'll make
sure it makes it on the next shipment!
2. Boxes can also be dropped at Acton High School
on Charter Road, Acton. The
directions are as follows:
Off Rte. 111, two blocks from the corner of Rte. 27 and Rte 111 in
Go down Charter Road past the Junior High School and at the end of
Drop off is in the main lobby of the High School Weekdays
8:00 AM to 8:00 PM for the next week.
PLEASE make sure things are in boxes.And dry.And clean.And marked
(Men, Womens, Kids, and what they are.).
3. We are also coordinating a donation drive this SATURDAY &
SUNDAY (9/10/05, 9/11/05) with
KISS 108 - they have offered their
parking lot as a staging area and drop-off site! They are also going
to be broadcasting the information on their radio station! There's a
semi-truck coming which will be parked at the KISS 108 parking lot
on the Medford/Everett line. It's very safe location. People are
needed to be there for collection of items!
4. Carlisle is organizing a drop spot on the Carlisle Commons
More details later.
There is a fundraiser planned for next THURSDAY (9/15/05)
after work at 'The Place' - there
will be a $50 cover charge with 100% going to Otto's Angels to help
pay for the trucks to get down to Louisiana! They will also be
auctioning off items and have some 'local celebrities' present. Save
the Date and pass it on!!!!
You may be overwhelmed with this information - so in summary -
What is needed -
1. Money to pay for gas / shipping - please either mail it to my
address (64 Bayswater St #2) or bring it to my house or the KISS
drop-off. I will be setting up paypal on ottosangels.com tonite...
2. Donations of goods - in the Boston area or if you are on the
route down to La. (see below for needed items)
3. Volunteers in Louisiana to load/unload/distribute etc
4. Trucks & Drivers / Planes & Pilots
5. Warehouses / Storage places in Louisiana & Boston
6. PEOPLE to come SATURDAY (9/10) to KISS 108 & THURSDAY (9/15) to
One of our contacts just spoke with the Director of the Red Cross
operation in Lafayette.
1. The priority has shifted from clothes to small furniture items
for starting a home. small tables, for example. They still need
but they see that the need for clothes will end in the next week or
we're supposed to send the clothes that we have in the pipeline, but
push for more.
2. She says that all the big supply chains are supplying all the big
shelters, but she's getting NOTHING still. The churches are getting
NOTHING. So she needs everything, particularly new toiletries.
3. She says that she loves us all! She can't believe that we're
this. She was almost in tears she was so grateful.
Thank you all for your generosity! My family, friends, and all
victims of Katrina are very grateful for any and all support!!!!!
Here's a list of items assembled from various websites and media.
your own ideas. I've *starred* the items that have been requested
from the most
locations. We'll know more each day, when the people down there
boxes and tell us what they still don't have.
Nonperishable Food Items
Milk (powdered, canned, non-refridgerated, Parmalat)
Cheerio's / O's for toddlers
Special Needs Diets (non-sugar, non-salt)
* Undergarments for Bladder Control
* Feminine Products (tampons, pads)
Eye care (saline)
Products for Black hair
Non-abrasive skin creams (face/neck/elbows)
Eye Glass, Eye Contacts Cleaner
Denture Cleaner, Bond
First Aid Supplies
* baby aspirin
* band aids (strips to pads, all sizes)
* mosquito repellant
ben-gay , menthol vick's cream
insect bite anti-itch cream
Milk of Magnesia, Pepto Bismol
* Disposable diapers
* Wet wipes
Over-the-counter medicine (Monistat, Motrin, Tylenol, Advil)
Hair bands, ponytail bands
* books/small toys/pacifiers
* Pencils, Pens
Movies for children
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