“The Time Is Now” Pleads members of the Association in response to disaster.
St. Petersburg, FL: Today, the Historic 22nd Street South Merchants Association, a membership comprising of businesses on 22nd Street South in St. Petersburg released plans for an immediate and direct initiative to collect and deliver crucial items to those affected by the recent floods in Louisiana.
“We feel, as a group, that delivering the items that people need right away was the best way that we could help” says Patrick Collins, Vice President of the Association. “We decided not to wait on anyone but to just jump in and help where we could” he continues.
“Coming from Louisiana, we have a considerable network of community leaders that we reached out to,” says Elihu Brayboy of Chief’s Creole Café, a Louisiana restaurant on 22nd Street South. “We heard what the people there need, right now, from our friends and family in the area and came together as a community to help. It has been amazing the outpouring of love and generosity from the community thus far,” Brayboy finishes.
The Historic 22nd Street South Merchants Association stresses that the items and money donated are going directly into the hands of the people that need it. “There are no 3rd party affiliations with this effort,” remarks Carla Bristol, owner of Gallerie 909 on 22nd Street South and President of the Historic 22nd Street South Merchants Association. “While other organizations may turn down certain items, we are collecting everything we can. We have spoken to those leaders in the community directly and are responding in the way we can. The community has come together and we are humbled as an organization to be able to lead this effort and help those who need it most. This is about rising above, giving what we can and supporting people to the best of our ability.”
The Historic 22nd Street South Merchants Association is hosting a donation party this Saturday from 4-8pm. The event will be held in the space behind Deuces BBQ, Gallerie 909 and Chiefs Creole Café at 901-913 22nd Street South. The Historic 22nd Street South Merchants Association is sponsoring the rental of a trailer that they will fill with donations, to be delivered directly to residents in Baker, Louisiana. Deuces BBQ will be donating an entire pig for a Southern style ‘pig-picking’ and anyone who brings a donation to fill the trailer will receive a free meal. Gallerie 909 is sponsoring a raffle; donating local, original art. The proceeds from the raffle will go directly to the flood victims. The Historic 22nd Street Merchants Association is sponsoring live music and a DJ for the event.
The Historic 22nd Street South Merchant Association is accepting donations of items listed below at Chief’s Creole Café at 901 22nd Street South, Gallerie 909 at 909 22nd Street South, Deuces BBQ at 911 22nd Street South and Annie’s Beauty Supply at 920 22nd Street South.
The Historic 22nd Street South Merchants Association will be delivering the donations and proving labor and support where needed during the first week of September. They ask that your donations are delivered by that time.
About the Historic 22nd Street South Merchants Association: The Association was formed by the merchants in 2014 to support the growth of businesses on 22nd Street South in St Petersburg. The Association has continued to grow and support the community while helping to maintain the historic and rich cultural heritage of 22nd Street. For more information please visit facebook.com/Historic-22nd-Street-S-Merchant-Association or call Patrick Collins at 727-480-8007.