Help Us Help Others.
Every year, more than half a million people experience homelessness in our country, and South Louisiana is no exception. On any given night, over 1,000 people in Acadiana and Baton Rouge – men, women and children of all ages, races and abilities – will have either inadequate shelter or no shelter at all.
We live in the heart of this community, and every day, we see that homelessness is not an abstract concept, but a reality that many of our neighbors are experiencing. We can’t end housing insecurity, but we can absolutely provide some comfort and help to those living with it.
In an effort to help, BBR created Hygiene for Humanity, a drive to collect products and supplies for individuals experiencing food and shelter insecurities. This year, from May 30 to June 23, BBR aims to collect 2,000 pounds of donated hygiene products – a literal ton of supplies – to benefit the Stella Maris Center in Lafayette and St. Vincent de Paul in Baton Rouge, who work tirelessly to provide essential housing support, laundry and bathroom facilities, and hygiene products. For many of these residents, hygiene supplies and bathroom facilities are also unavailable. Lack of access to even these basic requirements can seriously affect the health and wellbeing of those experiencing housing insecurity.
BBR is asking the communities where we live and work to help our neighbors by dropping off much-needed supplies at collection stations around Acadiana and Baton Rouge. We encourage area businesses to donate to the drive or to match the donations made by their teams. Pickups can be arranged for donations of any size, or dropped off at BBR’s headquarters at 413 South Pierce Street, Lafayette, LA – or at any one of the participating locations.
BBR is grateful for major site sponsors including Rouses Markets, Super 1 Foods, Calandro’s Supermarket and Pelican State Credit Union helping to lead this mission. Full-size items that can be donated include but are not limited to:
- 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner
- Body Wash
- Hand Sanitizer*
*Travel-sized also accepted
If our effort restores the dignity of just one human being it will be well worth it. If having hygiene products helps lift the spirits of one homeless woman, puts one man in a better position to land a job or allows one child to go to school clean and unashamed, we will consider this campaign a success.
We invite you to join us.
Remember, you are creative too.