Oklahoma State veterinary medicine generously donates supplies following Hurricane Ida
Baton Rouge--When Hurricane Ida hit South Louisiana, Oklahoma College of Veterinary Medicine student Candice Janecka mobilized resources. With her classmate Allison Conchigua, she delivered resources for animals and people in need to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in Baton Rouge.
Driving a packed truck towing a full U-Haul van, they travelled 950 miles, and delivered the goods to Louisiana on Labor Day.
“I was watching the news and seeing the devastation. I have family and friends who are from Louisiana, and if they need help they’re coming to y’all. We wanted to help people get back on their feet,” said Candice Janecka, 26, of Austin, Texas. She will graduate from Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2024.
They drove 11 hours straight to reach their destination.
“We had about 350 lbs. of cat litter, 15 cases of water, Hills donated 20 bags of food, and Tractor Supply was very generous. We had a Venmo link for donations. Between that and cash donations, we raised about $1,300,” Janecka said.
When they arrived, they were met by a team of about 20 LSU vet med students who helped unload and organize donations ranging from food to medical and cleaning supplies.
“Veterinarians help veterinarians. We all come together to help each other out. Everybody’s got to get back on their feet, and we’ve got to help them and the animals,” said Janecka, who will drive straight for home so she can be there for her lab in the morning.
Sandra Sarr, MFA
Ginger Guttner, APR