JLFP collects blankets for clients

By Tina Montgomery

‘Tis the season for not only #FeedaFamily but keep a family warm too.

Following a successful Thanksgiving food pantry distribution that served more than 600 households on Saturday, November 19, the director for the Joe LeBlanc Food Pantry recognized an urgent need for their clients … keeping them warm during this winter season. 

“I know we just finished distribution and we are knee deep in fundraising for #FeedaFamily BUT…we have a need y’all, Jessica Lewis, JLFP Executive Director said in a Facebook post. “A big one! During distribution it became clear that we have way too many clients that spend WAY too long in their cars waiting overnight (one spent 16 hours bc [sic] she arrived at 5 p.m. the night before) for us to open OR they don’t have heat in their homes. We spoke to one family that doesn’t have heat and can’t use a gas heater so their only option is lots of blankets. So, from today [November 19] until 12/15 we will host a blanket drive.”

New and gently used blankets can be dropped off at Joe LeBlanc Food Pantry which is located at the Christian Church at Minden on 814 Constable Street in Minden, La. A large blue bin has been placed at the side door to the pantry for donations. Blankets will be washed and given out during the Christmas distribution on December 17. 

“Hopefully, this will help our families make it through this winter,” Lewis finished in her post.