Ain’t Life Grand Investments did their part to help Baton Rouge flood victims in Louisiana. With the help of their community, they delivered countless donations and prepared meals on-site for the people in need. They filled 5 U-Haul trucks with emergency goods, and delivered them to St. Landry Dixon Shelter and The Church in St. Amant on August 22. The trucks contained canned goods, cleaning supplies, perishables and non-perishables, clothes, bedding, baked goods, meat and more.
Ain’t Life Grand Investments (ALG) is the parent company to southern U.S. restaurant concepts Glory Bound Gyro Company, Mugshots Grill & Bar, and Topher’s Rock ‘N Roll Grill. Their corporate office sits in Covington, a short drive from where the flood victims were.
Marketing Director Sam McAlister said once his office heard the news of the flooding, they made a plan to help. They posted to the community on August 14 asking for donations, and the project went from there. “Everyone pitched in and helped any way they could. I helped prepare food, reached out to media, and captured photos and videos to tell the story and help spread the word,” McAlister said.
Thanks to hundreds of people within the community and over 20 local businesses, McAlister said they delivered 15-20,000 meals during the month of August. They also helped the flood victims move their furniture and clean up around the area. All donations filled 5 U-Haul trucks (three 20′ trucks and two 17′ trucks), two 20′ covered trailers, and 3-4 SUVs and pickup truck beds.
McAlister said his company and community definitely made an impact. “The most memorable part for me was seeing our communities come together in a time of need. We have 18 restaurants spanning 3 states. Using social media we were able to connect many communities for one common goal. It was very humbling.”
McAlister said the U-Haul trucks were “very effective” in their efforts to help the community. “We were able to rent the trucks quickly, which was a key part in getting supplies to the victims in an emergency situation…knowing the trucks could be loaded down with supplies and still get to the flood victims with no hauling issues was important to us,” he said.
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