Distribution centers continue to take volunteer offers, donations

| Friday, September 09, 2005

The opportunity for truckers to donate time, services, goods and money continues throughout the Gulf Coast region.

Louisiana

There are donated-goods warehouse distribution centers now open in Louisiana. They are still in need of bottled water, baby food, MRE (Meals Ready to Eat), individually wrapped snacks, diapers, etc.

Non-perishable commodities are needed much more than used clothes and shoes. Only a few centers are accepting non-perishable commodities. All goods should be palletized and all loads must have manifests.

Please call in advance so distribution centers can have volunteers ready to unload the goods. Trucks should have a final destination, contact person and contact number before they enter the state.

The donated-goods warehouse distribution centers are located in: Alexandria, New Iberia, Baker and Hammond in Louisiana. Call the Louisiana Motor Transport Association at (225) 928-5682 for help coordinating the load.

Some companies will pay for freight, but since there is little opportunity for a backhaul, they are not able to find trucking companies to transport the load to Louisiana.

Mississippi

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is delivering pre-sorted relief supplies from Jackson, MS, to damaged coastal areas from a 17-door staging area/warehouse. Destination sites are manned with unloading crews and/or fork lifts.

As electrical power and telephone service is being restored, carriers wishing to participate in the Jackson-based relief supplies delivery system should contact Steve Boudreaux at the Mississippi Trucking Association at (601) 354-0616 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CDT, or the main Mississippi Donation Warehouse at (601) 969-6155.

Donors of goods or trucking-related services may also continue to contact the Mississippi Recovery Center hotline from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 1-866-230-8903, to exchange information and to receive instructions.

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