New Orleans Tourism Industry Gathering Donations For LA Flood Victims
NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans tourism industry, including the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau (NOCVB), New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC), Louisiana Restaurant Association (LRA), the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (MCCNO), Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association (GNOHLA), SMG, and other partners, has combined efforts to help Louisianians affected by the recent severe flooding by establishing a drop-off area and materials distribution plan for those in need of critical food and materials.
“It is at times like these that we are reminded of the support and generosity the City of New Orleans received in its darkest hour,” said Stephen Perry, President and CEO, New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Now is our chance to provide the same for others. We, as an industry, are leaning in to help flood victims across the state. No community can bear the burden of this kind of tragedy alone. Let’s join together and provide the support that will enable our fellow Louisianans to find hope as they begin the hard work of rebuilding.”
Donations are being accepted and sorted at the NOCVB offices located at 2020 St. Charles Ave. from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. until Friday, August 19, 2016. Donated items can be delivered to the loading dock at the rear of the building to be transferred to authorized shelters and distribution channels.
Accepted donations include:
• Nonperishable food items needed:
Canned vegetables, fruit and meats (tuna and chicken), soups and stews, beans and chili. Peanut butter, pasta, rice, breakfast cereal, shelf-stable milk. Highly nutritious items including protein bars, Ensure and PediaSure.
• Bottled water, preferred in pallets of 24
• Personal toiletries
• Cleaning supplies
All items will be sent along with the existing LRA and Second Harvest transportation in place to the Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales, LA, where authorities have requested that all assistance be filtered and where teams from Centerplate are already setting up temporary facilities to provide meals.
Clothing donations, furniture donations or cash will not be accepted.
NOCVB reps said anyone wishing to contribute cash can choose to support Second Harvest Food Bank which is partnering with them on the distribution of contributions.
Mayor Landrieu’s office suggests offering support here.
“We are fortunate to represent an industry of individuals who are coming together once again to feed and serve people during a time of great and immediate need,” Stan Harris, President and CEO, Louisiana Restaurant Association, said. “Louisianans are resilient people, but when times get tough, we are proud to do our part collectively to offer aid to those most vulnerable.”
“Our New Orleans area tourism industry is of one mind and heart in support for our fellow citizens throughout Louisiana who are suffering as a result of the devastating flooding,” Mark Romig, President and CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, said. “In addition, we are deeply appreciative of the strong and focused leadership of our industry partners for mobilizing this specific effort which further enables our team members to assist the thousands of individuals and families who have been dealt this severe challenge. We are all neighbors and we are all together.”