DATELINE – Roller derby leagues from across Louisiana, including the CENLA DERBY DAMES OF ALEXANDRIA, are joining forces this February for Mardi Bras, a drive to collect much-needed supplies for the numerous local women’s homeless and battered women’s shelters throughout the state.
From Feb. 1-28, the state’s roller derby leagues will be accepting donations of items needed by women who turn to the shelters as refuge from tumultuous situations. The CENLA Derby Dames will be collecting for The Hope House of Central Louisiana, located in Alexandria.
“This is a great example of Louisiana derby unified for a common goal,” said Lizzy Neal of the CENLA Derby Dames. “These shelters operate on tight budgets and always have a need for supplies for women seeking help and a safe haven. We want them to have these vital items to provide to these women in their time of need.”
Items requested for donation include tampons, pads, panty liners, razors, hair brushes, multi-packs of underwear in various sizes, bras in various sizes, multi-packs of socks, flushable wipes, women’s deodorant and body wash, among others. Only new items will be accepted.
CENLA’s drop off points include any Mac’s Fresh Market location in the Alexandria/Pineville area, Economy Signs, Tamp and Grind, and First Baptist Church of Dry Prong.
The Derby Dames will also be at Bring Hurst Field on February 15th at the Mardi Gras Free Zone, accepting donations of any kind.
For a more extensive list of drop off points and addresses for each location, please visit CENLA Derby Dame’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cenladerbydames or visit Louisiana Derby Presents Mardi Bras 2015 on Facebook.