Baton Rouge

Our thoughts are with our Baton Rouge community today. We have compiled a list of resources available for those who need assistance or who are looking for ways to give back.

If you need to talk, there are counselors available at the Baton Rouge Grief Recovery Center. You can contact them by calling (225) 924-6621.

Our Lady of the Lake Hospital has pulled together a few tips from their physicians on how to talk to your children about violence or sad events in the news.

Capital Area Human Services has helpful resources on how to cope with the recent tragedies in Baton Rouge. They are also offering three free discussion sessions with mental health professionals to help the public process the recent violent events in Baton Rouge. No registration is required and attendees are encouraged to bring a bag lunch to the first two sessions. All sessions will be held at Capital Area Human Services located at 4615 Government Street, Building Two, Room 200.

  • Tuesday, July 19 from noon to 1 p.m.
    Managing Your Distress (in the Aftermath of a Shooting)
  • Thursday, July 21 from noon to 1 p.m.
    Helping Others Cope in Times of Tragedy
  • Thursday, July 21 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    Managing Your Distress (in the Aftermath of a Shooting)

You can access our InfoGuide on Coping with Traumatic Events & Disasters for resources and books the library offers.

There are several places where you can donate blood:

  • Our Lady of the Lake Blood Donor Center They will have normal hours the rest of the week 8 am to 6 pm Monday – Thursday, 8 am to 4:30 pm Friday and 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday. They are located on the first floor of the hospital. 
  • LifeShare Blood Center will be open from 10am-6pm Monday, 8am-6pm Tuesday, 10am-6pm Wednesday, and 8:30am-4:30pm on Friday. You can also visit their website to schedule an appointment. They are located at 3849 North Boulevard. Blood drives on Tuesday, July 19 are scheduled for the Zachary Fire Department, 4525 Main Street, Zachary, La. from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and EFCU Financial, 10719 Airline Highway, Baton Rouge 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
  • United Blood Service is located at 8234 One Calais Ave. You can access their website to schedule an appointment to donate.
  • There will be blood drive at Woman’s Hospital on Friday, August 5 from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM at the main hospital entrance.

WAFB has a list of community events planned.

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation is taking donations to benefit the injured officers and their families as well as the families of the fallen officers.

You can access the GoFundMe page for Officer Montrell Jackson’s family here.

You can access the GoFundMe page for Officer Matt Gerald’s family here.

You can access the GoFundMe page for Deputy Brad Garafola’s family here.

Several local restaurants will donate 25 percent of their sales on July 25th to the families of slain officers. All other contributions collected on that date will be given to the families as well. The event is called  “25% on the 25th”. For a complete list of restaurants participating visit their Facebook page here.

The Baton Rouge Local Union 198 is holding a fundraiser for the families of the fallen officers. You can pick up a dinner for $5.00 on Wednesday, July 27 between 11am-1pm at 5888 Airline Highway.


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