By Thomas Stodghill, IV
The Domestic Abuse Resistance Team held its annual Radiothon at Super 1 Foods. The event was also broadcasted on Q94.1.
At the end of the radiothon, DART had raised $70,283 and that did not include all the coins that were collected.
DART proves emergency shelter, counseling, legal advocacy, child advocacy, case management, support groups and other services for victims and survivors of domestic violence and children. They also provide education and awareness events around Ruston.
DART has been doing the Radiothon since 2002, but this is the first one they have done since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Terrie Queen Autrey, a community advocate for DART, explained why they have been doing this fundraiser.
“Radiothon funds are used to meet costs and needs which are not covered by existing grants,” Autrey said.
In the past, the money has gone toward fixing various needs at the shelter, such as new buildings, replacing the floors and roof, adding new bathrooms, and adding more security.
The shelter was built in 1921. Autrey described it as large, roomy, and comfortable, but it is old.
Autrey also explained how this pandemic has made more challenges for the shelter.
“This year, DART has not been able to house families together at the shelter because of COVID,” Autrey said. “We have had to house each family or individual at separate safe locations, which was a lot more costly.”
Despite all the challenges from the pandemic, the community came together to help DART hold their fundraiser.
Super 1 Foods has hosted the DART Radiothon every year and Q94.1 has broadcasted their events. Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Louisiana Tech also volunteered to help and gather donations all day. Sundown West provided sandwiches and chips for the volunteer.
They are also supported by local banks, such as Origin, CenturyNext and Louisiana National Bank.
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