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  • Livingston Parish schools receive $100k in donations, Taylor Swift among donors

    September 23, 2016 10:19 AM

    LIVINGSTON – Livingston Parish Public Schools have received more than $100,000 in donations and grants to assist with flood recovery efforts. Taylor Swift was one of the donors and donated $50,000 to the district. Swift also donated $50,000 to Ascension Public Schools and Central schools for flood relief efforts,... more »
  • Taylor Swift donates $50K to Ascension Public Schools for flood recovery

    September 20, 2016 12:11 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE – Taylor Swift is donating $50,000 to Ascension Public Schools for flood relief efforts, school officials announced. Five of the district's 27 schools are closed due to the impacts sustained from last month's flood. Around 5,000 students are displaced and more than 500 Ascension Public Schools employees' homes... more »
  • FDA advises Zika screening for all US blood centers

    August 26, 2016 11:00 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration wants all U.S. blood banks to start screening for Zika virus, a major expansion intended to protect the nation's blood supply from the mosquito-borne disease. The new advisory means all U.S. states and territories will need to begin testing blood donations for... more »
  • State opens warehouse to streamline donation process

    August 26, 2016 10:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state has opened a warehouse to take donations from locals along with items from people and businesses across the country following the flood disaster. The warehouse is being operated as a partnership with the state and Louisiana VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster). Adventist Community... more »
  • Kentucky coach hosts charity softball for Louisiana flood relief

    August 25, 2016 2:16 PM

    LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky coach John Calipari will donate proceeds from a charity softball game featuring Karl-Anthony Towns to Louisiana flood relief. The coach says his foundation is working with the American Red Cross to help flood victims through a text campaign. Calipari expressed sadness Thursday about the level... more »
  • Salvation Army releases stats from Cortana flood relief center

    August 24, 2016 12:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Salvation Army says 69 volunteers put in more than 335 hours of work at the organization’s Cortana Mall donation site in a statistics report released on Wednesday. The site has provided support, cleaning supplies, food and water for victims of recent catastrophic flooding in the... more »
  • Officials respond to Red Cross shelter complaints Play Video

    August 22, 2016 7:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE – People have been taking to social media, upset about how their donations for flood victims have been handled. They claim that the American Red Cross is tossing out the food and clothing they have been given. The Red Cross says that they are in the business... more »
  • WATCH: UofSC returns the favor, band plays LSU alma mater

    August 21, 2016 5:24 PM

    COLUMBIA – After historic flooding ravaged South Carolina, and a USC home game was moved to Baton Rouge, the Golden Band from Tigerland learned their SEC rival’s fight alma mater and fight song. Former LSU Director of Bands Roy King said the gesture portrayed the one of the many... more »
  • LDAF sets up animal care relief GoFundMe campaign

    August 18, 2016 4:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With devastating flooding impacting a large number of parishes in the state, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help assist the animal relief efforts underway in the state. To donate, visit the campaign’s GoFundMe page here . The fund collected... more »
  • Vendors to hold fundraiser for flood victims under Perkins Road overpass on Saturday

    August 18, 2016 12:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge community is coming together to host a fundraiser to benefit victims of the recent severe weather and flooding. Several food and drink vendors are hosting an event called the "Fundraiser Under The Overpass" on Saturday at 6 p.m. under the Perkins Road overpass.... more »
  • Woodlawn Middle to open gym as supply distribution point

    August 18, 2016 10:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Volunteer staff will open the gym of Woodlawn Middle School on Thursday morning as a supply distribution point for victims of recent flooding. Volunteer staff there says the school’s gymnasium will be opened at 10 a.m. with cleaning supplies, toiletries and over necessities available for affected... more »
  • Disaster relief fund established for Louisiana teachers

    August 17, 2016 12:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana has established a relief fund for teachers who have been affected by the recent severe weather in the state. The A+PEL Disaster Relief Fund is to assist teachers with replacing supplies that were lost in the flooding. According to the... more »
  • Gamecocks fans rally to donate supplies for La. floods

    August 16, 2016 1:22 PM

    COLUMBIA, SC - The University of South Carolina has set up donation spots to collect supplies to be sent to Louisiana’s flood victims. “LSU was so gracious to assist us in our time of need,” USC President Harris Pastides said. “Now it is our turn to help our SEC... more »
  • Volunteers needed at Salvation Army serving sites Wednesday

    August 15, 2016 10:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Salvation Army is accepting donations at Cortana Mall for those in need following the severe weather and flooding in the state. The shelter is accepting toiletries, water, and monetary donations at the mall starting at 9 a.m until 7 p.m. . Donation items will be loaded... more »
  • How can I help? United Way accepting donations for flood relief

    August 15, 2016 4:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Capitol Area United Way is ready to accept donations for families impacted by the historic flooding that took place over the weekend. While the rescue efforts are still ongoing, soon there will be many residents of the region who need some help, having lost everything... more »
  • Donations buy hundreds of ballistic vests for Louisiana officers Play Video

    August 3, 2016 11:19 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Law enforcement officers in the Baton Rouge area will soon be wearing new equipment, thanks to donations from the community. Hundreds of officers and deputies will be getting new vests with a ballistic steel core. Brandon Cavin, owner of Bayou Gunslingers has been buys helping to... more »
  • BRAF's First Responders Fund has netted $200k+ in donations Play Video

    July 26, 2016 11:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Area Foundation’s First Responder Fund has gathered more than $200,000 as of Tuesday night. Director of Donor Services John K. Carpenter says the fund was originally created by BRAF in 1988 to help provide financial assistance to first responders who have been injured... more »
  • Donations sought to upgrade police ballistic vests Play Video

    July 26, 2016 9:45 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - More than a week after six officers were shot in the line of duty during a targeted ambush attack in Baton Rouge, one group says it is imperative to increase the amount of protection offered to men and women in the line of duty. Currently, it's... more »
  • Dozens of area restaurants participate in #25onthe25th Play Video

    July 25, 2016 3:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Restaurants throughout the Capital Area are donating 25 percent of their sales on July 25th with the cash going to help support the families of recently fallen Baton Rouge officers. Dozens of restaurants in the Baton Rouge area have connected with the effort, which propagated largely... more »
  • Gov. Edwards contributes to blood drive at Capitol

    July 21, 2016 10:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The governor contributed to a blood drive taking place at the State Capitol on Thursday morning. State workers and the public will be contributing to the blood drive into the afternoon which was arranged by the Governor’s Office of Programs and Planning and LifeShare Blood Centers... more »
  • Restaurants plan to donate to families of slain officers, first responders Play Video

    July 19, 2016 7:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge community along with area restaurants have been finding ways to give back to the families of the slain officers involved in Sunday's shooting on Airline Highway. Thousands of dollars have already been collected to help, and more restaurants are contributing to the effort. On... more »
  • Officials announce fund for murdered officers

    July 19, 2016 11:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An official donation account has been set up for murdered officers, the Baton Rouge Police Department announced Tuesday. Baton Rouge Union of Police, Magnolia State Peace Officers Association along with the Fraternal Order of Police organized accounts at all area Capital One Bank locations. Donations can... more »
  • BR blood bank to extend hours; fire department to hold blood drive in wake of Airline Hwy shooting

    July 17, 2016 2:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - United Blood Services has announced they’ll extend their office hours this week in the wake of a shooting ambush that left three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers dead and another three injured. Their donation hours will be as follows: Monday - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.... more »
  • AT&T starts 'Dallas Strong' text donations

    July 8, 2016 3:56 PM

    DALLAS – With AT&T's headquarters in downtown Dallas, the company has announced that it will be donating $50,000 in the aftermath of an ambush that led to a the deadly shooting of five police officers. AT&T's donation will be to the United Way of Metro Dallas "to direct to the... more »
  • Contributions surpass $480,000 for shooting victim's family

    July 7, 2016 3:05 PM

    NEW YORK - An online appeal to raise college funds for the five children of the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, man killed early Tuesday by police has surpassed $480,000 in less than a day. The campaign, posted on the Gofundme.com website , raised contributions for the family of Alton Sterling from... more »
  • Teen asks for doughnuts, gets over $180K in online donations

    June 25, 2016 3:25 PM

    MEMPHIS - A teen's offer to take groceries to a man's car in exchange for some doughnuts has led to a flood of donations now nearing $200,000. WMC-TV reports that when 16-year-old Chauncy Black of Memphis, Tennessee, approached shopper Matt White last week, the man responded by buying him a... more »
  • Pulse nightclub shooting GoFundMe breaks $5M in donations

    June 17, 2016 10:49 AM

    ORLANDO, Fla. - The most prominent GoFundMe page set up for victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando has broken site records as it passed the $5 million raised mark on Thursday. The Orlando Sentinel reports the website now lists 300 campaigns for victims and families of victims... more »
  • BRAVE looks to nonprofit to maintain its anti-crime operations

    June 16, 2016 9:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The city-parish reports officials are taking steps to preserve its “highly successful” Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination (BRAVE) project as federal funding is set to expire soon. In order to keep the BRAVE team on the streets, officials have established a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation that is... more »
  • How can I help Mike the Tiger fight cancer?

    May 27, 2016 3:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Tigers fans, or animal lovers in general, can now contribute to the effort to give Mike VI the best fighting chance possible as the big cat prepares to undergo treatment for a rare form of cancer. A university spokesperson says LSU has set up a contribution... more »
  • Former NBA player accused of using charity for personal gain

    May 25, 2016 11:15 AM

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Former NBA player Kermit Washington is accused of using donations intended to help needy people in Africa for his own gain, including paying for vacations, jewelry and entertainment. U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson on Wednesday announced a federal indictment against Washington, who is best known for... more »
  • Health department withdraws ethics request on Medicaid plan

    May 18, 2016 2:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's health department is withdrawing a request for the ethics board to determine if donations helping to pay for the roll-out of Gov. John Bel Edwards' Medicaid expansion comply with state ethics laws. A private foundation is collecting donations from health providers to help cover the health... more »
  • Red Cross to raise money for flood victims at LSU doubleheader Saturday

    March 18, 2016 7:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The American Red Cross will collect donation's at Saturday's LSU-Alabama baseball game, a doubleheader since weather canceled the first game Friday night. Donations will be collected starting at 4 p.m., between the first and second games. The Red Cross has a part in seven shelters that... more »
  • NSU student creates GoFundMe page to help state close budget deficit

    February 17, 2016 6:00 PM

    NATCHITOCHES - A college student at Northwestern State University has devised a creative way to help the state in its efforts to resolve the current Louisiana budget shortfall. Eric Boleyn's effort to pitch in to solving the state's conundrum comes in the form of a GoFundMe page , which... more »
  • Veterans come together to break ground on memorial Play Video

    November 11, 2015 12:27 PM

    NEW ROADS - Veterans gathered Wednesday morning with red, white and blue shovels in hand to break ground on the new Pointe Coupee Veterans Memorial in New Roads. The memorial will be constructed on False River Drive in front of Pointe Coupee General Hospital. It will feature six flags... more »
  • LSP warns people who feel generous in the wake of trooper's murder Play Video

    August 25, 2015 11:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana State Troopers Association warned people about online fundraisers that have shown up following the murder of a trooper this week. The agency said it is hard to follow the money trail. Already, some have raised thousands of dollars. Trooper Steven Vincent was shot... more »
  • Gonzales firefighters cook for a good cause Play Video

    July 1, 2015 6:19 PM

    GONZALES - The Gonzales Firefighters Association has been raising funds for retired firefighters and the community for the past six years. Cooking and selling Boston butt is how they do it. "I think it's a little bit of molasses, a little bit of sugar and Cajun seasoning. Maybe some... more »
  • After white supremacist donation, Cassidy gives money to church victim fund

    June 23, 2015 5:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Newly-elected U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy said he has donated $1,000 to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund after it was revealed Earl Holt donated to his campaign. Holt, the leader of a white supremacist group, was idolized by Charleston church murder suspect Dylann Roof. Roof is in... more »
  • Obama signs law on donations to slain NY officers' families

    April 1, 2015 5:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has signed into law a measure allowing people to write off donations they made this year to the families of two slain New York police officers. Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were shot in their patrol car in Brooklyn on Dec. 20 by a man... more »
  • Easter baskets delivered to St. Vincent de Paul for needy

    March 3, 2015 5:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With Easter on the horizon, charitable organizations in the Capital City have already begun their efforts to brighten the holiday for children in the city with this year's Build a Basket effort. Earlier on Tuesday morning, The Needy of Greater Baton Rouge dropped off 400 Easter... more »
  • APSO Christmas Crusade comes to aid of 300+ families

    January 14, 2015 10:48 AM

    GONZALES - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office announced on Wednesday that last year's Christmas Crusade program assisted 323 families and about 886 children during the 2014 holiday season. "This was the 17th year of the program," said Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeffrey Wiley. "The program helps thousands of children in... more »
  • Last-minute donations roll in before 2015 Play Video

    December 31, 2014 5:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Salvation Army and other charities across Baton Rouge saw a last-minute surge of donations Wednesday, the last day for this year's tax deduction. The Salvation Army says it's one of the busiest days of the year for donations. The charity on Airline Highway saw around... more »
  • Pat's Coats For Kids distributes 8,000 jackets to area youth Play Video

    December 12, 2014 6:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Friday was distribution day at the News 2 station as this year's Pat's Coats for Kids draws to a close and the time has come for kids to get their warm winter wear ahead of the coldest Louisiana months. News 2's Ambria Washington visited a local... more »
  • Protecting your home and family from the cold Play Video

    November 13, 2014 7:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - People in the Baton Rouge area got their first taste of cold weather this morning with temperatures dropping into the 30's. There are ways you can protect your self and your home this winter. We visited St. Vincent de Paul on 2une In, where they're looking... more »
  • Salvation Army kicks off red kettle campaign Play Video

    November 12, 2014 7:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign is a sign of the holiday season, just like the chilly weather, turkey and dressing and bright decorations. Capital Brett Meredith from the Salvation Army of Greater Baton Rouge stopped by 2une In Wednesday morning to talk about the Kettle Kickoff.... more »
  • Ascension Veterans Day Parade needs volunteers Play Video

    October 24, 2014 5:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Ascension Veterans Association is in need of some help from the public to honor veterans and individuals in active service during their November parade in Gonzales. Brent Gautreau and David McIntyre stopped by the set of our 4 p.m. broadcast on Friday to ask people... more »
  • "Beat the Heat" shoots for twice as many fan donations

    June 4, 2014 6:39 PM

    NEW ROADS- A former pro basketball player plans to help a number of elderly people throughout the Louisiana area cope with the brutal summer months by distributing free air conditioning units and fans to those in need. James "Big Brown" Joseph started his "Beat the Heat" campaign a few... more »
  • Letter carriers to pick up Food Bank donations Play Video

    May 9, 2014 5:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - On Saturday, May 10, 2014, the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank will partner with the National Association of Letter Carriers to host the Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Residents are encouraged to give food donations to their letter carrier so that they can be transported to... more »
  • Board of Ethics keeps PAC limits

    January 17, 2014 12:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Board of Ethics is keeping limits on donations from political action committees in place. The state has a limit of $100,000 for each election cycle. On the federal level, Super PACs can raise and spend unlimited funds. A lawyer for a Super PAC... more »
  • People continue to honor inspirational 11-year-old

    December 16, 2013 10:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A young hero was memorialized through canned food donations Monday night. People donated canned goods to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank in honor of 11-year-old Trevor Sims, who died after a battle with cancer earlier this year. He set a goal to feed the hungry before... more »
  • Family's story brings help for cold nights Play Video

    November 13, 2013 6:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A family in Old South Baton Rouge will sleep a little warmer tonight following a News 2 story about their situation. Daphne Brooks and her three children had to move after their home burned down, and she didn't have the money to heat their new home properly.... more »
  • Donations pour in for burned dog Play Video

    November 1, 2013 4:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Donations to an animal shelter poured in after a News 2 report on a dog that was set on fire. The dog, named Zoey, continues to recover from second-degree burns to all four paws and her stomach after authorities said a 9-year-old set the bedding inside... more »
  • Church will collect donations for family who lost house in plane crash Play Video

    June 7, 2013 10:26 PM

    BAKER- New Covenant Christian Center will collect donations for a family who lost their home when a plane fell from the sky Friday afternoon. "I was just glad that I was obedient to the voice of the Lord," Michael Smith said about calling his sister, who lives in the... more »
  • Charities see influx of aid in tornado's wake

    May 29, 2013 8:40 AM

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Charities providing relief to residents of tornado-ravaged neighborhoods in Moore and Oklahoma City are seeing an infusion of donations from around the country. Several of those charities also will likely see a boost in giving Wednesday when a several country music stars with Oklahoma ties take... more »
  • Organizations plan donation drives for Okla. twister victims

    May 21, 2013 10:27 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE- There has been an outpouring of support for the victims of Monday's deadly tornado in Oklahoma. Tuesday night, about 24-hours since the twister, an area church announced plans for a supply drive to get important items to the people of Moore, Okla. First Baptist Church in... more »

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