2017 marks the 26th year of our annual Bishop Ott Shelter collection drive. WVLA, NBC-33, Fox 44, and the Baton Rouge Clinic are supporting this effort to provide much needed items for the homeless men, women, and children we serve. Through this annual effort, we collect items like toiletries, diapers, gloves, caps, and underwear for the homeless who come to our shelters. Our Bishop Ott Shelter Program has made a tremendous impact in the Capital Region by being a leader in providing shelter to men, women, and children. We see every day as another opportunity to provide a hand-up to someone who wants to break the cycle of homelessness.
Many people who are homeless don’t have a toothbrush, toothpaste, shaving cream, or deodorant, and when they come to our shelter, we provide these items – things that most of us consider necessities. Dropping off one of these items at the Baton Rouge Clinic or any St. Vincent de Paul location can do so much for the self-esteem of someone who is at a low point in their lives. Our guests are very grateful for every item we provide, and these can truly be life- changing. A razor and shaving cream can make a world of difference when you’re applying for a job. For children, being neat and clean when they go to school means they can look forward to learning rather than dreading ridicule.
The expansion of our Sweet Dreams Shelter, which will open soon, means we can serve more homeless individuals and families, but it also means that the need for these items will be even greater. Please consider donating a few of the items on the list below for our shelter guests. And help us get the word out about this collection drive and how important it is. Tell your family, friends, and co-workers. Spread the word through Facebook and social media. Get your church involved. Items can be dropped off at the Baton Rouge Clinic or any Bishop Ott Shelter location. For more information, call (225) 383-7837, extension O. St. Vincent de Paul/Bishop Ott Shelter most needed items: blankets; disposable diapers; men, women and children’s underwear; socks; knit caps; gloves; scarves; reading glasses (all strengths); slippers; feminine hygiene products; towels and washcloths; toiletry items such as deodorant, soap, shampoo, body wash, lotion, and body powder; twin, full, and crib size sheets; paper products (napkins, paper towels, toilet paper); disposable cups, plates, bowls, knives, forks, and spoons; and rain gear.