Donation drive gathers supplies to send south

It’s been over a month since Hurricane Ida tore through eight states in the U.S. 

There are still people across multiple states in temporary housing that are struggling to find resources and get back on their feet after losing everything they had, according to the Red Cross Association. 

According to the New York Times, many people affected by Hurricane Ida need donations. They need items like soap, shampoo and other toiletries due to the conditions they’re still facing. 

Delta Sigma Theta knows people still need help, so they decided to step up. 

Last week, Delta Sigma Theta held a donation drive for women and children impacted by Hurricane Ida. 

According to Tia McGowan, Delta Sigma Theta’s committee chair, their highlighted donation items were shampoo, conditioner, feminine hygiene products, soap, lotion, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste. 

Over 20 students made donations and around 50 attended the event to learn what can be donated in the future. 

Destiny Gilmore, the president of Delta Sigma Theta, said the donations will go to different areas in southern Louisiana. 

“We are currently planning to send supplies down to South Louisiana near the LaPlace and other surrounding areas,” Gilmore said. 

Gilmore and McGowan felt this drive was important to set up because many past members of the sorority had friends and family that experienced the negative effects of Hurricane Ida. 

Gilmore said, “Although none of our current members or their families were affected by the storm, we have friends, family, and other members of our sorority who were affected. We wanted to show that we are here to help in whatever capacity we can.”

McGowan said that Delta Sigma Theta is focused on providing a helping hand to those in need no matter the situation. When they heard about Hurricane Ida they knew they had to help. 

“My committee’s idea as a whole is to help,” McGowan said. “I feel like the community affected would be very appreciative of the donation drive, [especially since] a lot of people are still recovering from the damage.”

If you did not have time to make the donation drive, you can still donate. Delta Sigma Theta will continue to take donations if you contact their email, [email protected], or call them at (318) 451-7913 and say you want to donate.