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Donation Opportunities for the Covington Community

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November is traditionally a month of giving, and many in our community have suffered hardships this year. Thankfully there are a number of organizations in our area designed to help our local neighbors.

Donate Food & Gently Used Household Items to the Northshore Food Bank

The Northshore Food Bank and it’s Resale Shop have undergone some changes in the past year, both expanding to larger locations to meet the demands of our growing community and outer areas. Each year, the Northshore Food Bank distributes over 1 million pounds of food to the residents of St. Tammany and Washington parishes. This year the Food Bank saw an increase of more than 110% in the number of individuals and families they serve due to COVID.

Want to help? You can donate food directly to to Food Bank at their new location, 125 W 30th Ave, Covington, LA. Donation hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 9a-12p at the Community Donations door, facing W 29th Ave. You, your business or place of work can also host a Food Drive! Learn more here:

The Northshore Resale Shop accepts donations of gently-used clothing and accessories, household items, appliances and furniture. Funds from the Resale Shop go directly towards purchasing food for the Food Bank. Learn more at

Knights of Columbus Coat Drive

Our local Knights of Columbus are collecting small children’s (toddler – 12 years old) coats for distribution to those in need. Jackets in good shape may be dropped off at the collection box at Acquistapace’s Grocery or the Children’s Dental Cottage in Madisonville.

Covington Police Department Toy Drive

The Caroline Darby’s Christmas Wish, formerly known as Covington Police Toys for Tots was started in 1995 by Sgt. Wayne Mayberry and the Marines along with a host of CovPD employees, mainly Caroline Darby.

An average of 500 children attend this event annually. It takes about 6 to 8 thousand dollars plus a host of volunteers to provide this special experience for our children.

CovPD is asking for help to keep this program thriving and continuing to put smiles on children’s faces. If so inclined, please mail your donation to:

Caroline Darby’s Christmas Wish
PO Box 4074, Covington LA 70434
Questions: Contact Tammy Bushnell @ 985-892-8500 Opt 2

Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana – Covington Unit

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For the past 50 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana has been a leading provider of afterschool and summer enrichment programs for at-risk youth. As an independent local 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana depends on the generosity of local partners, supporters and investors. Each is vital to the organization’s continued ability to save the lives of at-risk kids across southeast Louisiana.

This year the Boys & Girls Club of Covington has made adjustments and offered additional support to the community with financial relief to families in need, meals, well-being checks and virtual learning for the children. To learn more about how you can donate, sponsor or volunteer with the Boys & Girls Club, visit or follow them on Facebook.

On Wednesday, November 11th, from 5:30-9:30pm, the 4th Annual event for Oxtoberfest, but the INAUGURAL Beer & Bites Crawl will take place at the Covington Trailhead and throughout downtown Covington, benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Covington! Read more here:

Children’s Advocacy Center – Hope House

Children’s Advocacy Center – Hope House is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to ending the cycle of child abuse in our community.

This week is the last chance to support Hope House by donating toward your favorite Men Who Cook celebrity/restaurant team! Men Who Cook, sponsored by Cintas and the Brooke It Forward Foundation, is the primary annual fundraiser for Children’s Advocacy Center – Hope House. Campaign ends Sunday, November 8th. You could win a Dinsey getaway! All donations help CAC-Hope House fight child abuse and trafficking on the Northshore. Learn more here:

Covington Rotary Club’s Feeding the Needy

Feeding the Needy was founded in 2002 by John Baldwin and Craig Babylon to provide food on Christmas day for families in need on the Northshore. The Covington Rotary Club was approached for support and special focus was put on providing food for the school children who, during the holidays, do not receive the meals they receive at school and depend on as their main source of nutrition.

Each year on December 23 and 24, volunteers from all over the area come together to prepare Christmas boxes that include a 14 to 16 pound cooked turkey with numerous side dishes and dessert. Each box has enough food to feed a family of four to five with larger families receiving additional boxes. Deliveries are made to families throughout the Northshore area including St. Tammany, Washington and Tangipahoa parishes. On Christmas morning, Rotarians and other community volunteers hand deliver the boxes to the homes of the identified families.

Besides the fundraising luncheon which is held on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving at the Briggs Assembly Center on St. Paul’s School campus, FTN relies heavily on financial donations. Because of the support from so many generous volunteers and strong partnerships, FTN is able to operate with minimal administrative costs. Donations for FTN are accepted year round. Learn more at the Covington Rotary Foundation’s website.

Northshore Humane Society – Adopt & Donate

Northshore Humane Society rescues thousands of neglected and abandoned animals each year. But we can’t do it alone. Together we can save even more!

For the price of a movie ticket, $13.90, you can provide food to an animal in need for an entire month. Together we can make Thanksgiving Day special for a homeless dog or cat. Your special gift will give an innocent animal the second chance and loving family they have always deserved.

View Northshore Humane Society’s Thanksgiving donation page here:

See NHS’s Adoptable Pets of the Week here:

Local Events

Recipe Rumble, Men Who Cook! This Weekend

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coast-thumbnailThe St. Tammany Council On Aging hosts the inaugural Recipe Rumble Friday, November 4, 2016, from 6 – 9 p.m. at Bogue Falaya Hall in Covington, located on Jefferson Street in the City Hall complex.  Proceeds to benefit COAST’s Safe at Home program.  For more information, call Janet Grouchy at follow url the alternative hypothesis easybus stansted to central london get link form an argument essay go here essay about martin luther king jr i have a dream get link source site can i take viagra and ibuprofen cialis pah movie grades get link ap language and composition rhetorical analysis essay questions can you take cialis if you have atrial fibrillation free essays on macbeth's ambition narrative essay and sample i am a leader because essay advancements in science and technology essay argumentative essay introduction sample assignment online help bernanke phd thesis paper essay on summer season in english attention catchers for essays follow url avete mai usato cialis can i split my viagra pill 985-635-8062, or find the event on FB for tickets!
The fourth annual Men Who Cook! Event takes place Sunday, November 6, 2016 from 4 p.m. To 7 p.m., to benefit Children’s Advocacy Center/Hope House.  Call 985-892-3885 or visit for tickets.


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Fall Is Here

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Although the first day of Fall may not mean much to a subtropical climate in terms of weather, there is still reason to be excited!  The City of Covington announces the line up for Rockin’ the Rails Free Concert Series at the Covington Trailhead, STAA’s first Saturday Art Markets return to the Covington Trailhead, and STAA’s Fall For Art is three weeks away.  Other Autumn events include Esther Fest, the Three Rivers Art Festival and Men Who Cook.


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“Men Who Cook” to benefit Children’s Advocacy Center / Hope House

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menwhocooklentztaproomThe 3rd Annual Men Who Cook will be held on Sunday, November 1, 2015 from 4 p.m. -7 p.m. on the top level of the Justice Center Parking Garage.  Local “celebrity” cooks will partner with local restaurants to prepare tastings of their favorite dishes in a competitive cook-off. And you choose the winners!  Winners will be chosen in two of the categories by you! Purchase “tip tickets” and award them to your favorite cook/restaurant team. Prizes will go to…
Most Money Raised for Hope House:  (pre-event tip ticket purchased added to event tip tickets)
People’s Choice:  (most event tip tickets awarded)
Judge’s Choice:  Our celebrity judges Tom Fitzmorris and Trey Folse will taste each cook/restaurant team’s items and choose a winner.  Event tickets and pre-event tip tickets are on sale now at
We’ll be rooting for Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz and his team from Columbia Street Tap Room, Steve and Laura Ahrons!


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“Men Who Cook” To Benefit The Hope House

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Men Who Cook 2013The 1st Annual Men Who Cook event will be this Saturday, October 5th, and will benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center – Hope House! Fifteen “celebrity cooks” partnered with local restaurants  to create tastings of their favorite recipes to compete for Best Recipe and Top Chef! The event includes live music, complimentary beer and festive drinks, a photo booth, mini-cookoff challenges and more. It will be held at the top level of the St. Tammany Parish Courthouse Parking Garage from 6 – 9 pm. Tickets are $60 a person and $100 for couples. For more information check