As some of you may know, my beautiful state is now recovering from catastrophic losses after unprecedented flooding in early August. Tens of thousands of structures were devastated. Home repairs are now underway for many families, mine included. The amount of work to be done is daunting, for sure. The lingering devastation has me asking how I can support flood victims in a more meaningful way.
The news media coverage of the flood has focused mostly on the people affected by the flood, and rightly so. As a result, very little coverage has been given to the other victims of the flooding: Louisiana businesses. Small business owners in Louisiana depend on their communities to remain in business. Their livelihood is now threatened, as most of the communities in South Louisiana are in no position to spend money at their local mom & pop shops.
As a budding small business owner, I can't imagine being faced with the task of rebuilding in the wake of a devastating natural disaster. Well, my friends, that's just what's happening in South Louisiana. Despite the threat, many local businesses are finding ways to give back to their local communities, paying it forward if you will.
Their efforts to raise awareness and money for those affected by the flooding has sparked a flame in me. I want to do my part to help Louisiana small business and to support flood victims. And now I'm calling on you to do the same. In return you'll get some cool Louisiana merchandise and know that you had a hand in recovery efforts. Every dollar counts.
So, I'm now asking for your help. Be #LouisianaStrong! Purchase any item below to support flood victims and Louisiana small business. Check out these offers below and find something that speaks to you! I know I will be forever grateful for your support, as will the Louisiana flood victims.
Disclaimer: I have not been paid to promote or endorse these businesses. I support my community and want to help in any way I can. I will receive no kickbacks for this post.
Velvet Fawn 'Louisiana Strong' Tees
Shop owner, Chloe Hall, knows what it's like to be the victim of a natural disaster. In a series of emails she recalled losing everything when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. Her personal experience motivated her to design these great 'Louisiana Strong' tees now on sale in her Etsy shop, Velvet Fawn NOLA.
Velvet Fawn has adopted several Baton Rouge families in an effort to provide them with direct assistance. Her team has been on the ground helping those families with recovery since the waters have receded. She tells me that 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these shirts ($38.00) will be used for direct assistance.
Parish Parcel's Monthly Subscription Box
A few days after the flooding an email came across my desk. I'm not exactly sure how or if I signed up to receive it, but boy am I glad I got it. The email contained a press release about Parish Parcel, an innovative new Louisiana subscription service based out of Lafayette, La.
According to the press release, the new start-up "is not only exporting Louisiana products, it's exporting the unique culture. Thanks to Parish Parcel, local artists and musicians are reaching entirely new audiences, forging a true global economy while the state struggles to recover."
Each month a new "Cajun-curated" box is shipped to subscribers containing Louisiana goods made in a local parish, or county if you will. For only $29 per month you can receive a thoughtfully curated box of Louisiana-themed seasonings, specialties, gifts and more. For an additional $20 per month you can also receive a custom-made "lagniappe" item for a little something extra.
For those who act now, Parish Parcel will send you their September box filled with Baton Rouge products. Twenty percent of the proceeds from the $29 subscription will go toward local relief efforts in Baton Rouge. You get tasty, one-of-a-kind goods and flood victims get some support. Sounds like a win-win to me!
Also available from Parish Parcel is this awesome Sheetrock Shirt! As described in a press release, "The shirt, depicting a common sight of sliced drywall, represents the over 50,000 homes in Louisiana that were destroyed by rising floodwaters. It is also symbolic of the resilient people Louisiana, working together to rebuild in spite of so much loss." Parish Parcel will be donating 100% of the sales from this tee ($25.00) to the United Way of Acadiana.
Pieces of April 'Love Thy Neighbor' Necklace
After stumbling upon her beautiful 'Love Thy Neighbor' necklace I reached out to local Baton Rouge artisan April Fuentes Reech. She explained that she has lived in Baton Rouge since before Hurricane Katrina and, like me, has seen many storms impact our community. But her words struck a cord with me as she described this flood as "unreal ????." After seeing the footage and photos of my own parent's home, I knew exactly what she meant.
April went on to eloquently state that "in this darkness the love for our neighbors has shined brightly & made our community even stronger. The Louisiana Flood has impacted thousands of our friends and families. My heart aches for everyone affected."
Her gorgeous 'Love Thy Neighbor' necklace is available indefinitely for $20, $2.50 domestic shipping. All proceeds (100%) will be donated to help with local relief efforts in the Baton Rouge area. The necklace chain measures 20 inches long with a copper heart pendant (20x25mm) and Louisiana charm (11mm) accented with glass picasso charms. The necklace is available for purchase in her Etsy store, her Facebook store, and on her website. Check out this little beauty and grab yours today!
Skin Tech's 'Stronger Together' Performance Tee
While preparing for this post I asked my friends back home to keep an eye out for promos from local businesses supporting flood victims. Several sent me the link to Skin Tech's 'LA Stronger Together' tee, so many that I had to take notice. Founded by a former Louisiana State University player in 2014, Skin Tech™ is Louisiana-owned and operated in Central, La, an area hit hard by the flooding.
Skin Tech™ is the South’s first specialty athletic apparel company offering performance apparel for men and women. Skin Tech’s niche product, The Apollo SS, is patent pending technology designed to improve and enhance athletic performance. The LA Stronger Together and Cajun Navy tees are ultra-light and extremely soft, they are sure to please the athlete in all of us. The unisex design can be purchased in army green or blue.
All shirts are made with tri-blend or poly/cotton(XS) blends and the featured artwork was designed in collaboration with local artist, Lane Grigas. Skin Tech is donating 100% of all proceeds from the sale of this tee ($25.00) to local flood recovery. Grab yours today and help the LA community rebuild stronger!
Thanks to all of you for reading and for taking the time to purchase any of these great products! I really appreciate the support of my readers and know that the people of my home state does too!
If you'd like to make a larger contribution to the Louisiana flood relief efforts, please check out my previous post on How to Help Louisiana Flood Victims. You'll find links to several reputable organizations raising money for flood relief in the South Louisiana area.
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Thanks for all your support. It means the world to me. Until next time my friends!
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