NEW ORLEANS - This week, students from Hynes and St. Dominic schools in Lakeview loaded a 53-foot long trailer with items that were donated by good Samaritans from across the city.
"It's just a great thing to help out,” said student Hallie Wesley. “It's always good to help because all of their stuff was taken away, so what we have we're just going to give to them.”
The St. Paul's Homecoming Center has been coordinating the Holiday Help for Hurricane Victims program.
“I had concerns about filling it (the trailer), but I really believe we're going to fill it, though we could still use some more things,” said St. Paul’s Homecoming Center director Connie Uddo.
District A City Council member Susan Guidry filled the back of her car with donations.
“I’m hoping people will feel the desire to do for our northern neighbors what they did for us over seven years ago,” she said.
St. Paul’s is helping the victims of both hurricanes Sandy and Isaac. When they began the holiday donation drive last month, in a WWL-TV Action Report at that time, they were able to provide a significant amount of help for the folks who lost their homes in Braithwaite.
“For Isaac victims, we did a great adopt a family drive, and we were able to give the Team Braithwaite Foundation $2,000 in gift cards, and they're going to be able to go buy toys for the kids,” said Uddo.
The truck for Sandy victims leaves Tuesday to arrive in Long Island, New York on Thursday, even carrying a big donation from Doerr Furniture.
"Any time we see a hurricane hitting the United States, after what we've been through here in New Orleans, the Mutter family and Doerr Furniture want to help,” said David Mutter.
The St. Paul's group will be accepting donations to fill the truck for Sandy victims through Monday, Dec. 17.
For more information, click here or call the St. Paul's Homecoming Center at 504-644-4125.