The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury’s Human Services Department is teaming up with the Lake Charles/SWLA Continuum of Care to host their annual collection drive for the homeless and those in need. The 6th Annual Winter Drive By will hold the collection drive the week of Oct. 1 - Nov. 9 at the following drop-off locations, during regular business hours:

Lake Charles
Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Administration Building, 1015 Pithon St.
Allen P. August Multipurpose Building, 2001 Moeling St.
Business and Career Solutions Center, 2424 Third St.
United Way of Southwest Louisiana, 815 Ryan St.
Calcasieu Parish Public Library, Central Branch, 310 W. Claude St.

City Hall, 101 N. Huntington St.
Calcasieu Parish Public Library, Sulphur Regional Branch, 1160 Cypress St.
West Cal Arena and Events Center, 401 Arena Road.

Managan Recreation Center, 1000 McKinley St.
City Hall, 1001 Mulberry St.

Area residents and businesses who want to help can drop off basic necessities and other various items, such as:

Travel-sizes toiletries are needed - Deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, shaving cream, plastic bandages, first-aid kits, tissues, baby wipes, and hand sanitizer.

Also, other items like - Dental floss, disposable razors, soap, hairbrushes, 30 SPF (or higher) sunblock, shoe insoles, cough drops, diapers, solid color towels and washcloths, mosquito repellent, and heavy duty totes and backpacks.

In the past, the Winter Drive By has served 350 residents. Items collected from the drive will be distributed on November 15 and 16, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., at the Business and Career Solutions Center, located at 2424 Third St. in Lake Charles. Persons in need of the various items must have an original/valid Louisiana  license, photo ID, or passport to receive them. Please note that copies will not be accepted.

This drive is in recognition of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, which is November 11-19. For more info go to, or call (337) 721-4030 (ext. 5120 or ext. 5045.)

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