"Can Shaking" for donations getting opposition
DONALDSONVILLE - Leaders in one town want to kick street solicitors off the curb.
"I've never been in favor of can shakes," Donaldsonville Councilman Emile Spano. He plans to discuss banning people from soliciting donations on the side of the road at the town's next council meeting.
"It's kind of a concern for us for safety now. Cars were kind of dodging the people as they passed and also and it's really dangerous for people out there," he added.
Spano believes since the town's main throughway, Highway 1 has been repaved from a four-lane road to a three-lane road it's made it unsafe. He wants can shakers pushed to another place or pushed out of town all together.
"It doesn't give a good image," Spano said.
Good image or not, for youth football coach Terry Joseph, the can shakes mean giving the town's kids a means to play football.
"The helmets and equipment every so often have to be recertified so we have to send that back and get recertified and all that takes money and without those can shakes that's an uphill battle," Joseph said.
The team is just one of the dozens of non-profits depending on can shakes. Last year, the team raised a couple thousand dollars in two weekends.
Money the team cannot function without, Joseph said.
"If that would happen, like I said that would be very unfortunate," he said.
It's against the law for anyone under 18-year-old to can shake.
The issue will be discussed at Tuesday's meeting.