Community Stuffs-a-Truck for Baton Rouge

Donations await sorting for Stuff-a-Truck
Donations wait to be sorted and boxed for transport to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

In June of 2013, when tornados ravaged Oklahoma, the Chester Lions united the community to Stuff-a-Truck with supplies and needs for those affected. This September, the club decided to do it again to help those whose homes were devastated by the floods in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

In addition to sending $10,000 to Lions in Louisiana, we asked the community to get involved by donating school supplies, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, and games and activities to help keep children occupied while parents work on rebuilding their homes. Because of the outpouring of generosity by local residents, businesses, and organizations the club was able to fill a truck with 5 pallets, totaling over 2000 pounds, full of much needed supplies.

“It was so wonderful to see our local community join us in supporting the people of Baton Rouge. Filling all of those boxes happened because so many people came together. Every little bit helped, and we are so proud of our community,” said Arline Rossi, member of the Chester Lions Club and Chester resident.

Stuff-a-Truck donations packed and ready
Chester Lions (L. to R.) Marie Messina, Arline Rossi, Denis Rossi, and Jim Messina stand with pallets as they wait to get loaded onto the truck.

The Chester Lions Club is extremely thankful for the help of the community in getting the word out about the event and making donations, and the American Legion in Chester for the use of their facilities. The schools, churches, and community groups were invaluable resources in helping to publicize the Club’s efforts.

The truck left for Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Wednesday, October 5.