In Matthew 7:7-8 of the Bible it states, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.…” 

These two verses have never been so evident in my life until now. You see, on August 18th I made a brief video asking anyone who would listen to hear my call for compassion. I was seeking for all community members that were able to donate $10 to the Assess the Need campaign so that our students could receive the supplies needed to return to school. I shared the video with all my friends, family and colleagues on social media hoping and praying to get a decent response. I began knocking on big businesses doors (and sending large amounts of emails) asking for any and all donations that they would be willing to give. With the combined efforts of myself, Jeff Taylor (Livingston Parish Tax Assessor), Livingston Parish Public Schools and Joni Lacy (Louisiana State Department of Education),  we have been able to get several local businesses and business owners on board with our efforts. I would like to say THANK YOU to all donors! Pictured below are just a few of the local businesses that have graciously shown their value in education. Thank you Target for your large donation of various school supplies. Thank you Baton Rouge Area Foundation for your incredible monetary donation to help meet the needs of our students. Thank you Neil Sweeney for donating an amazing amount of children’s books to restock the shelves of the school libraries that were damaged in the flood.

Who knew that in less than 2 weeks, YOU would help us raise approximately $68,000!!! Yes, you read that number correctly. YOU have been the backbone of our relief efforts. Due to the vast amount of the $10, $20 and $30 contributions from community members like yourself, we are able to provide school supplies, uniforms and library books to students in high need. Remember when I said every little bit helps, well there you go!

As we all continue to rebuild, may the Lord bless you for your generosity! Let’s continue to build these funds to meet the needs of students in ALL affected parishes. #everystudentcounts  #LouisianaStrong



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