BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The community is chipping in to help as it works to recover from Hurricane Ida, with the Robert Bogan Fire Museum collecting supplies for frontline workers.
“I think it’s a sense of community and everybody is giving back. They’re working together, and that’s the important part,” said Firefighter Association Trustee and Director of the Robert A. Bogan Museum Michael Paternostro.
This came at a time when it’s needed most.
“We’re asking for donations. There is a list that we can provide you so that you can have it. All of the items that are coming in, we’re going to be placing in the goodie bags and they will be delivered to that fire station to be distributed to the people there or in the surrounding areas,” said Robert A. Bogan Museum Vice President Laura McDavitt.
Paternostro said he has seen the struggle firsthand.
Cool Tiger Ice Snowball owner Debbie Nelson is offering free snowballs to those who donate.
“Anything they want to drop will take and bring it here so they can disperse it to the linemen who have come and left their families. Let’s just show them a little bit of love, appreciation and some Southern hospitality,” said Nelson.
Mary Gray is one of many who donated supplies for this event.
“I heard about the donation drive for our first responders and firemen, and I’m 100 percent behind everything they do. So I came out and did my part,” said Gray.
“We’re there for everyone else, and it’s good to know that we have each other’s back,” said Paternostro.
They are accepting supplies such as food items, drinks, first aid supplies and more.
This event will also serve as a way to honor first responders on 9/11.
“It’s a day in infamy, the second time we’ve heard that in our history, in the US history. So it’s very important, particularly to the firefighters, the 343 that died that day,” said Paternostro.
“We’re doing a blood drive because blood was what was needed most on 9/11 that day. And I’ve got a group of friends that are coming out and making pastalaya so that we can feed any firemen we see,” said McDavitt.
They also plan to renovate the museum in the near future.
The event will be held on September 11 at the Bogan Fire Museum. If you’d like to help, you can drop off items at the Robert A. Bogan Fire Museum.
The times and location is listed below:
Weekdays: Wednesday to Friday from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Weekend: Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Address: 427 Laurel St., Baton Rouge LA 70801