Recently, flood waters swept through Louisiana, leaving neighborhoods in devastation and families without a home. According to the American Red Cross, an estimated 25,000 homes are damaged, affecting at least 75,000 people. These displaced families are finding shelter where they can and urgently need direct assistance and support.

In partnership with the city of Baton Rouge and the Emergency and Disaster Services department of The Salvation Army, the City of Tyler will begin gathering requested supplies for flood victims to be transported to Louisiana next week. A collection center will be set up at the Recycle Center located at 418 N. Bois D’Arc Ave. Individuals wishing to donate may do so during business hours. Hours for the Recycle Center are Monday through Friday, 7:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Immediate needs include:
• Shop vacs
• NEW Fans (smaller shop fans and box fans, not industrial)
• Extension cords
• Squeegees, brooms, mops
• Work gloves
• Contractor trash bags
• Dollies (with rubber wheels for moving refrigerators, ovens, etc.)
• Flat scoop shovels (large metal ones)
• Wheel barrels
• Portable generators
• NEW shoes (all sizes, ages, genders)

The City of Tyler will begin sending items to Baton Rouge as early as Tuesday, Aug. 23. More items will be collected and delivered to Louisiana over the next several weeks.

“This is a great opportunity to help our neighbors,” said City of Tyler Solid Waste Director Russ Jackson, who is coordinating the response within the City. “In East Texas, we are known for our generosity. We will pull together to help them overcome this devastation and loss.”

For any questions or information about donations, residents may contact the City of Tyler Solid Waste Department at (903) 531-1388