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Hurricane Ida Relief | Missions & Public Life








Students, faculty, staff, alumni can express interest in supporting Hurricane Ida Relief at bit.ly/buidahelp.


Supply Drive


Please consider donating the following items, and delivering to the Bobo Spiritual Life Center located at 500 Speight Ave, Waco, TX by Friday, September 24th. Please make your deliveries between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday. If other arrangements are needed, please email [email protected]


Items may also be purchased on Amazon or any online retailer and mailed to the following address:


Baylor University


C/O Jennifer Crosslin


One Bear Place 97013


Waco, TX 76798-7013


Items Needed:


Travel Size Mouthwash


Travel Size Toothpaste


Toothbrushes


Dry Shampoo


Tissue Packs 


Chapstick


Bandaids


Bug Spray


Sunscreen


Hand Sanitizer


Deodorant – Neutral Scents


Shaving Cream


Over the Counter Pain Relief (tylenol, ibuprofen, etc.)


Over the Counter Wound Care Ointment


Word Search/Crossword Puzzle Books


Mechanical Pencils/Colored Pens


Activity Books


Journals/Notebooks


Coloring Books


Crayons


Card Decks/Games (Go Fish, Old Maid, Uno, Etc)


Small Toys (Bouncy Balls, Glow Sticks, Small Playdough/Slime, Yo-yos)


Beef Jerky


Peanut Butter


Jelly 


Pickle Packs 


Crackers


Granola Bars


Hungry Man Soups with pull tab tops


Trail Mix packs


Fruit cups/Applesauce


Individual Chip Bags


Individual snack packs (cookies, crackers, etc)


Tuna Pouches


Gatorade


Liquid IV Electrolyte Packets


Drink Pouches (juice, kool-aid, capri sun, Horizon milk packs)


Men’s tall socks


Anti-chafe cream/powders


Stryker Essential Bath Washcloth Packs 


Wet Wipes


Baby Wipes


Diapers (Baby and Adult)


Sunburn Creams/Aloe Vrea


Tarps


Roofing Nails


Cleaning Supplies


Heavy Duty Trash Bags


Small Flashlights with Batteries


Battery Operated Fans with Batteries


Paper Towels


Toilet Paper


Plastic Ware 


Styrofoam To-Go Boxes


Napkins


(list updated 9/7/2021)


 


Student Organizations


Student organizations may pitch in by committing to purchase particular items needed to assemble kits which will be delivered and distributed to those in need. To register your organization for this, please complete a registration form here.


 


Assembly Kit Prep


** All spots have been filled. Registration is closed for kit prep!** Volunteers may volunteer to assemble kits for those impacted or displaced by Hurricane Ida on Tuesday, September 28th from 9 am – 4 pm  at the Bobo Spiritual Life Center. Face covering required during assembly. 


 


Disaster Relief Service Opportunities


Students interested in joining a team to serve by supporting recovery and rebuilding efforts in Louisiana over Fall Break may express interest at bit.ly/buidahelp.


Donate & Support


If you would like to provide immediate financial assistance to relief efforts in areas impacted by Hurricane Ida, you may want to consider one of the listed organizations/campaigns below. While many of these organizations are focused on immediate relief efforts by providing shelter and supplies, some specialize in providing medical care and aid for those impacted. 


Monetary donations should only be made to fully vetted sites and organizations. Charity Navigator provides information on organizations, as well as ratings for more than 9,000 charities.


Note: While Baylor University is supportive of the relief efforts currently being conducted by these organizations, Baylor University is not affiliated with them. 


Online Financial Donation Sites/Campaigns


  • Matthew 25: Ministries

    • 4 star rating (Charity Navigator)
    • Launching immediate and long-term response to Hurricane Ida; deploying their Disaster Response Team and shipping aid into the impacted areas
    • To donate

  • Samaritan’s Purse

    • 4 star rating (Charity Navigator)
    • Staff and 3 Relief Units are on the ground in Louisiana
    • To donate (donation campaigns are listed on main page)

  • Americares 

    • 4 star rating (Charity Navigator)
    • Choose your donation amount and it can be matched 2Xby MathWorks up to the $500,000 goal
    • To donate 

  • Convoy of Hope 

    • 4 star rating (Charity Navigator)
    • Teams are in Lousiana distributing water, food and relief supplies
    • To donate

  • All Hands and Hearts Smart Response 

    • 4 star rating (Charity Navigator)
    • To donate
    • Their Disaster Assessment and Response Team (DART) reported to Beaumont, Texas on August 27 in preparation of the storm and is now stationed in New Orleans. Two of their disaster relief teams are also working in Lousiana.

  • American Kidney Fund

    • 4 star rating (Charity Navigator)
    • Disaster Relief Program provides $200 emergency grants to dialysis and post-transplant patients in Louisiana affected by Hurricane Ida
    • To donate  

  • Global Giving 

    • 4 star rating (Charity Navigator)
    • To donate 

      • Click on “Projects” tab to give to specific projects/funds (e.g., donate to Second Harvest Food Bank NOLA)

  • World Vision Disaster Relief

    • 4 star rating (Charity Navigator)
    • Sending 4 truckloads of supplies to Louisiana
    • To donate 

  •  Catholic Charities  

    • 4 star rating (Charity Navigator)
    • To donate, text HurrIda to 41444 or visit www.CatholicCharitiesUSA.org. To donate by phone, please call 1-800-919-9338.

  • Episcopal Relief & Development 
  • American Red Cross

    • 3 star rating (Charity Navigator)
    • To donate  

  • Texas Baptist Men (TBM) 

    • No Charity Navigator Encompass Score available
    • TBM has deployed a mass feeding kitchen, a shower unit, an incident command unit as well as assessors to serve in South Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida




Other ways to help


  • GIVE – Giving money is one of the best ways you can immediately respond. Support relief agencies that are responding directly to help individuals and communities affected.
  • LEARN – Follow news coverage and take time to learn what the needs are. Follow social media and stay tuned to reports from the scene. Responders will be quick to share what is needed (and what is not). Don’t show up to volunteer uninvited, as your presence may interfere with recovery efforts and distract responders. Once you learn what the needs are, there are several ways you can help (e.g., donate blood, hold a collection drive for requested items, etc.)
  • PREPARE – Do you have a desire to be more hands-on? Consider training to become a disaster response volunteer. Invest in learning valuable skills, knowledge, and protocol so that agencies can deploy you to help when disaster strikes.
  • PRAY – Lift up the individuals, families, and communities affected in prayer. Pray for God’s comfort and mercy, His healing and protection, His relief and restoration. Recovery is often a long-term process and continues long after the media leaves.


 


Additional Resources


Do your research to determine if organizations are legitimate. Charity Navigator lists reputable organizations. Great Nonprofits and Give Well has reviews of nonprofit groups and can help you see how much of your money goes directly to relief.


Louisiana residents in affected areas can apply for possible FEMA assistance.