Manhattan Denim Delivers to Louisiana Relief Efforts
Oct 05, 2016 12:12PM ● Published by Jeanne Fratello
Mesko, a Louisiana native, coordinated a denim drive at Manhattan Denim during the month of August that yielded approximately 250 pairs of jeans. The jeans - 9 large boxes in all - arrived at the United Believers Baptist Church in Baton Rouge this week. Manhattan Postal Center arranged for the shipping to be done at cost.
Mesko said that even though she knows that the people in her home state are determined and resilient, "It saddens me to imagine so many people who have to start all over again to build a life they worked so hard for. "
The idea for the denim drive came to her one morning as she tried to think of what she could do to help. "I could've collected all different articles of clothing, but denim is what I know best," she said. "Also, it's a more expensive article of clothing in most cases, so it's more difficult to replace if you've lost everything and have to rebuild."
The United Believers Baptist Church is a hub for donations, said Mesko, who had worked closely with her mother back in Louisiana to find a place to donate the clothing that would not charge the recipients. "The United Believers Baptist Church also serves three meals a day and washes clothes for displaced residents."
The catastrophic flooding that devastated Louisiana has been declared the worst natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy. The flooding left a death toll of 13, damaged 60,000 homes, and left thousands in need of shelter, clothing, and other necessities.