Natchitoches Young Professionals help coordinate local donation efforts


Natchitoches Young Professionals (NYP) is collecting donations for south Louisiana flood victims at certain branches of Sabine State Bank (Keyser Avenue and LA-1 Bypass branches) and at any branch of BOM (formerly Bank of Montgomery). Donations can be dropped off at any of these locations before noon Monday, Aug. 29. Items needed include toiletries, cleaning supplies and pet food. Lott Oil is providing a semi-trailer and truck to bring these items, as well as items collected by other groups in and around Natchitoches, to south Louisiana.

Local organizations and churches collecting items can bring their items directly to the Natchitoches Conference Hall between noon and 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29 and they will be included with the delivery. The Conference Hall is located between the Best Western and Comfort Suites Natchitoches, at 5133 University Parkway, Natchitoches, LA 71457. Photos will be taken with groups or representatives of groups as donations are picked up or delivered to the Conference Hall.

Lauryn Sharplin, Philanthropy Chair for NYP, notes the intent is to get a large delivery of supplies delivered at once, from Natchitoches, to the most affected area. “We want to bring a truck from Natchitoches so our friends and families in south Louisiana know that our entire community stepped up to this challenge. We want to put together a great photo album and listing showing all the different groups around Natchitoches that worked together to provide these much-needed supplies for those that have lost everything.”

For specific information on how your group can be involved, contact Lauryn Sharplin at 225.572.9724 or email to