Several tornadoes touched down across southeast Louisiana, including one in New Orleans East, about 10 miles from the French Quarter. Mardi Gras parade routes are unaffected, as are downtown areas hosting NBA All-Star Weekend. While we look forward to celebrating these events, we’re also sharing ways to assist New Orleanians affected by this destructive tornado. Here’s how you can help:
Aid for New Orleans tornado victims
Note: This list will be updated as more information comes in.
Second Harvest — Second Harvest Food Bank is delivering emergency meals to HOPE the Food Pantry in New Orleans East. To meet this need, Second Harvest is accepting nonperishable foods like canned fruit and vegetables, canned soups and stews, peanut butter, pasta, rice, and more. Click here for more details on suggested donations. You can drop items off at 700 Edwards Ave. on Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
American Red Cross — American Red Cross Disaster Relief is accepting donations. Visit redcross.org/donate or follow the Louisiana Region of the American Red Cross on Twitter, @ARCLouisiana, for more information.
United Way — The Saints and Pelicans sports teams are teaming up with the United Way to collect relief items like blankets, toiletries, and clothing. Donors are asked to drop off tornado relief items at the Saints training facility located at 5800 Airline Dr. in Metairie. Collection hours are between 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.