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August 14, 2016

Dear Members,

I never thought I would have to ask that we act as heroes so shortly after the new League year; however, our fellow Louisianans to the north and west of us have been disastrously affected by floodwaters. I have been in contact with the Presidents of the Junior Leagues of Baton Rouge and Lafayette and indicated that we stand ready to assist them in meeting the needs of their respective communities. While there are many agencies who will be assisting with those affected by the floodwaters, we asked what we could do as a women’s organization that was different. As the largest League in the state, we are best equipped due to our size and resource access to make a major impact for those affected. These donations will be given directly to the Leagues in the areas affected in order to share with their members who have suffered losses or to be given at the Leagues’ discretion to help meet immediate needs in their community. We will also be sharing diapers with the American Red Cross Louisiana Region for dissemination to their shelters in the affected parishes.

Therefore, we are requesting the following donations of our members:
  • Gift cards in $20 amounts to Target and WalMart. We will accept cash and check donations made to the Junior League of New Orleans for purchase of gifts cards.
  • Women’s feminine hygiene products to be taken to shelters.
  • Diapers in all sizes. In order to make sure we have enough diapers in different sizes, please donate according to your provisional years:
    • 2010-2016 – Size 4 and 5
    • 2000-2010 – Size 2 and 3
    • 1990-2000 – Size 1
    • 1980-1990 – Newborn
Donations will be accepted at Junior League of New Orleans Headquarters, 4319 Carondelet St., during normal business hours of 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  We will continue to accept donations until further notice. We expect to make our first deliveries to Baton Rouge and Lafayette on August 18 and August 19.

On behalf of the 2016-2017 JLNO Board of Directors, thank you for any donations or consideration you could give to those affected by this disaster.

Most humbly,
Maria Pardo Huete
2016-2017 President
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