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Loading up to send relief to Lake Charles

Thursday, September 17, 2020
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Leader photos by CATHI COX-BONIOL

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The Louisiana Tech University family came out in mass to help support the Tech athletics department’s “Load Up for Lake Charles: Relief for Hurricane Laura” initiative. A steady stream of vehicles came through the west side of the Joe Aillet Stadium parking lot Tuesday afternoon to help fill a truck with donations in support of those impacted by Hurricane Laura at McNeese State University and its surrounding communities.

Ruston locals donated non-perishable food, batteries, pet food, and baby supplies as well as bottled water, sports drinks, cleaning supplies, and personal care items. Louisiana Tech athletics staff members and select student-athletes were on hand to help facilitate the donation process while following social distancing measures.

Pictured above, Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Operations Paul Kabbes brings boxes of donated goods up the ramp and into the huge trailer while Shelby Green, associate director of marketing, prepares to help organize the boxes inside.

Pictured below left, Director of Game and Event Operations Adam Hamm gives a thumbs up while unloading a vehicle filled with bags of supplies. Below right, Ken Carter is shown dropping off cases of bottled water as Tech Director of Athletics Tommy McClelland looks on.

The loaded truck headed to Lake Charles on Wednesday with the help of Gentry Trucking, which offered support with the donation drive.