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Airbnb and Waitr mobile apps aid disaster relief efforts

7 months 1 week 5 days ago August 15, 2016 Aug 15, 2016 Monday, August 15 2016 August 15, 2016 7:45 PM in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE – Airbnb and Waitr, Inc are aiding residents in need following severe weather and flooding in Louisiana. 

The Airbnb disaster response tool connects local residents who have been displaced and are in need of accommodations with Airbnb hosts who are opening their homes free of charge.

The disaster response tool began in 2012 after Hurricane Sandy. Airbnb is an online platform that allows people to list, find, then rent vacation homes for a processing fee.

Another smart phone app is also mobilizing its service to help Louisiana residents.

Waitr, Inc., a Louisiana based food service app for ordering food to-go, is also mobilizing its team in the state to help those affected by the flood by setting up supply drop- off points. The company is welcoming donations such as canned food, toiletries, clothes, bedding, toothbrushes, shampoos, soap, feminine products etc.

Waitr is using more than 300 drivers to get donations directly to those in need.

Four donation stations have been set up and will be able to receive donations Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The locations are:

Lake Charles – Luna Live, 411 Ryan St., Lake Charles, LA 70601

Lafayette – Waitr Lafayette office in the LITE Center, 537 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette, LA 70508

Baton Rouge – Walk-Ons Bistreaux and Bar, LSU location, 3838 Burbank Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

New Orleans – O'Henry's, 8859 Veteran's Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 70003

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