Donaldsonville’s American Legion Post 98 partners with VFW Post 3619 for clothing drive

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The Donaldsonville American Legion Post 98 partnered with the city’s Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Post 3619 to collect clothes for homeless veterans.

The two organizations were informed by the Bayou East team in May with the prospect of spearheading a collection of clothes for the homeless veterans. After a meeting in Baton Rouge with Dee Hughes on her Louisiana tour to spread the word about helping, REV Vega spoke at the regular American Legion meeting in Donaldsonville. The membership liked the idea and plans were made. The membership enlisted the help of family and friends, and the word spread.

On July 12, members of both posts gathered to collect the bags of clothes. The collection was done in drop-off style. Humana provided a jambalaya dinner, prepared by Purple Heart recipient Thomas Moore, which was five to people as they dropped off clothing. Ascension Parish Attorney O’Neil Parenton heard about the function and came to help serve.

On that date the veterans collected 137 bags of clothes with a large donation coordinated by Letha Pfister, daughter of American Legion Post 98 Commander Plaisance, from her coworkers.

On July 31, Vega met some veterans at the Post 98 hall and loaded the bags for delivery. Clothes were delivered for two locations in Baton Rouge that work with homeless veterans. The first stop was Ravens Outreach, which houses 50 veterans at any given time.

The second drop off was at One Stop – Volunteers of America. Between the two locations, 62 bags of clothes were distributed. The remaining 75 bags were delivered to Lake Charles and place in the South-Central Louisiana team’s storage shed. That group will deliver the clothes to City of Refuge, which houses veterans in Vinton, La.

Special thanks to Letha Pfister for capturing photographs of the bag collection. Special thanks to Martha Moore of the Baton Rouge team and Bonnie Lee of the South-Central Louisiana team for finding and sharing the locations of the homeless veterans’ shelters. Also, special thanks to the Donaldsonville community and surrounding areas who helped contribute to the clothing drive.