Diaspora Unites To Support Trinidad and Tobago Residents Impacted By Floods

The diaspora is coming together to support families who were impacted by recent flooding in Trinidad and Tobago.

A period of incessant rain last week left parts of the country completely under water with widespread reports of landslides and road-blocks caused as a result. The Coast Guard and Defense Force, aided by the efforts of many citizens were able to help stranded families escape the flooding in their homes. Amidst the flooding, the country was then hit with two earthquakes. One on Saturday October 20th and another on Sunday October 22nd.

Some organizations in Atlanta have come together under a united banner to provide support to citizens in Trinidad and Tobago impacted by the severe flooding. The goal is to have as much impact as possible by reaching out to respective networks and then combining efforts to get the donations into the rights hands when it reaches the islands. Below are details of the Disaster Relief Drive.

 

WHAT:

  • Drive to collect items for families impacted by recent flooding.
  • Items needed include:
  • Hygiene Kits and other items
    Bar soap (full size)
    Razors
    Washcloths
    Deodorant (No aerosol)
    Blankets and sheets
    Toothbrush
    Toothpaste & Dental Floss·
    Shampoo
    Combs
    Non-perishable foods (not expired)
    Sanitary Napkins
    Slightly used Summer clothing
    New underwear
    Flashlight and Batteries
    Sneakers/Shoes
    Gallon size baggies
    Monetary donations
    Socks
    Diapers
    Baby Cloths
    Baby Formula
    Diapers
    School Books
    Stationary Supplies

WHEN:

  • October 23rd-November 1st
  • Laparkan hours for drop off are
    • 9:30 AM- 5PM Monday-Friday.
    • 9AM-1PM Saturday

WHERE:

  • Laparkan Shipping Services
  • 5365 Dividend Drive, Decatur, GA 30035
  • Phone: 770-493-4360

WHO:

 

HOW CAN YOU HELP?:

  • Spread the word on relief efforts
  • Drop off items at Laparkan Shipping Services by November 1st
  • Participate in student led packing and sorting party on November 3rd.

 

Disaster Relief FAQ’s

Did the dates change for drop off?

* Yes, following Minister Young’s announcement the team decided to respond quickly, get the shipment out to our Miami office as soon as possible so that we can get help to those in need ASAP. Our last date for item drop off is Nov 1st.

What items can I drop off?
* Please refer to list of items on flyer. It is highly appreciated if you label items prior to drop off to help packing and sorting go as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

Can I drop off items for my family members?
* In the spirit of transparency and accountability the team prefers to direct those items to personal shipment barrels since we cannot guarantee that items will be directly given to specific loved ones.

How do I know the right people are getting these items?
* We have partnered with a charity on the ground and have some of our team members heading to Trinidad to assist with distribution efforts to ensure that items are delivered to the right hands.

Can I help with packing and sorting?
* Definitely. We would love for you to join us on Nov 3rd from 9am-1pm to support our student leaf packing initiative.

 

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