Tangipahoa Parish Fire Departments accepting donations for hurricane victims
Members of Tangipahoa Parish Fire District #1 and 2 are accepting donations of supplies for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana.
Rural Fire District 2 Administrator Dennis Crocker and TPFD #1 Chief Bruce Cutrer commented on the drive for donations, which has many of the fire stations across the parish participating.
“It’s a very noble idea and we are glad to work as a team and do whatever we can to help the people who are devastated in Texas,” Cutrer said. “Our station, station one, is a drop off point for non-perishable products in the food line and there will be arrangements made to deliver it to Texas.”
Crocker stated that Rural Fire District 2 came up with the idea. Every fire department agreed and are now accepting goods to deliver to Texas. He said he thought it was a great opportunity for Tangipahoa Parish to come together for a good cause.
Some items that are being accepted for donation include: Baby foods, baby supplies, small toys, hygiene products, toiletries, cleaning supplies, clothing, pet food, drinking water, manual can openers, electric fans, large trash bags, extra batteries (all sizes), first aid kits or items, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, unscented bleach, and shovels/rakes. No cash donations are being accepted, only tangible goods.
According to Cutrer, a cut off time for donations has not been set, as of yet. Crocker mentioned that the goal is to keep the donations coming in as long as possible, as there has been a strong response in the two days since announcing that the fire districts were gathering items for hurricane victims in Texas. Donations will also be accepted at Ponchatoula Fire Station at 205 Northwest Railroad Avenue, Independence Fire Station at 153 West 7th Street, Hammond Rural Fire Station at 44532 South Baptist Road, Loranger Fire Station at 53096 Highway 40, Natalbany Fire Station at 48026 Galafora Road, Wilmer Fire Station at 22115 Highway 10, Kentwood Fire Station 42382 Highway 445, City of Hammond Fire Department at any of the five fire stations in the city.