Thursday, February 18

SU Ag Center Partners with Local Organization to Spread Love to Homeless for Valentine’s Day

OMG Club member Teanna Lee hands Mr. Jessie a rose during Love Fest 2016 on Feb. 13 under the Trevor J. Sims Memorial Bridge.

St. Helena College & Career Academy OMG Club President Kyla Bryant hands a to-go plate to a Love Fest 2016 attendee on Feb. 13 under the Trevor J. Sims Memorial Bridge. The event was held in an effort to bring the community together in a fun way that also directed individuals to housing and medical resources.

Baton Rouge, LAOn Saturday, February 13th love was in the air as the SU Ag Center’s Outstanding Mature Girlz (OMG) Club helped to serve nearly 300 homeless individuals under the Trevor J. Sims Memorial Bridge.  The young ladies traveled from St. Helena Parish to participate in Love Fest 2016 as part of the OMG Club’s monthly Community Service Initiative.  The club’s members helped fill bags with toiletry items and handed them out, as well as worked the food assembly line during the event. OMG Club Members, Alberta Paterson and Shanika Holmes of St. Helena College & Career Academy managed the clothing donation area, as members in the community continuously dropped off large bags filled with slightly worn or new clothes.

Love Fest 2016 was organized by the community organization Live Love Serve. Its founder Dana Buckley held the event as a way to point people to housing and medical resources. “Although homelessness is a very serious matter in the Baton Rouge Metropolitan area, the event was also created to be fun, and bring the community together,” said Buckley.  This was evident as some of the OMG Girlz led a line dance with some of the attendees.  They also handed out handmade valentine cards, roses, and heart shaped cookies as another way to show how much they care.

An article on the event appeared in The Advocate Newspaper on Feb. 13. The article can be viewed by visiting,

For more information on partnering to enhance the OMG Club’s Community Service Initiatives, contact Nicolette Gordon in the Tangipahoa Parish Extension Office at 985.748.9381, or in the St. Helena Parish Extension Office at 225.222.4136.


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