Louisiana is in for some very extreme temperatures and wind chills in the next several days, and our local shelters will be at capacity trying to help the less fortunate in our community.

The upcoming cold crisis will mean that shelters will be in need of different types of items to help the people that will be seeking a warm place to stay.

Catholic Charities of Acadiana Spokesman Ben Broussard says that there is a way that you can help if you are so inclined.

Icicles Hang from a Sign
Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The group is activating its freeze plan within all of its sheltering programs that offer a place for people who are experiencing homelessness.

Broussard says they are going to "surge capacity at all of its shelters" as of Monday evening, allowing even more people to stay at their shelters.

If you can afford to make a monetary donation, and you are interested in doing so, then click here to give to Catholic Charities of Acadiana.


If you would like to buy the following items and donated them you can drop off these items at Emily House Shelter at 1000 East Willow Street in Lafayette. The following items will be accepted:

Sleeping Bags (Cleaned/Laundered)

Bath Towels (Cleaned/Laundered)

Twin-size blankets (new)

Coats (Sizes M-XXXL. Cleaned/Laundered)

Sweatpants (news, all adult sizes)

Toilet Paper

Clorox Wipes

Bathroom Shower Slippers

Catholic Charities of Acadiana "appeals to the community for assistance with the added cost of staffing, hot meals, and utilities. You can make a monetary donation by clicking here.

If you are not able to get out and donate, but you would like to provide some of the items above, you can check out their Amazon account and purchase items which will be sent to the shelter.

LOOK: The most extreme temperatures in the history of every state

Stacker consulted 2021 data from the NOAA's State Climate Extremes Committee (SCEC) to illustrate the hottest and coldest temperatures ever recorded in each state. Each slide also reveals the all-time highest 24-hour precipitation record and all-time highest 24-hour snowfall.

Keep reading to find out individual state records in alphabetical order.

Gallery Credit: Anuradha Varanasi


More From 99.9 KTDY