It all started when the office of Attorney Loyd J Bourgeois donated St. Charles Strong T-shirts to the Hahnville High Robotics Team for them to shoot out of their shirt cannon for the HHS/DHS football game.
Lindy Bourgeois, the firm’s marketing and community outreach director, designed the shirt. It features the iconic Hale Boggs bridge that connects the two sides of St. Charles Parish.
“Inside of the bridge are the names of the towns and neighborhoods that make up our great community,” Lindy said. “For a couple of years now we’ve been donating shirts to the T-shirt cannon. We normally donated Hahnville-themed shirts, but I had the idea with the big Hahnville versus Destrehan game and coming back from this storm that I wanted to do something more community themed.”
Lindy said the shirts were an immediate hit.
“We got an overwhelming response asking us to sell the shirts … everyone was asking if they could buy one,” she said. “I thought, ‘Maybe there’s something I could do with this to help out.’”
Loyd is a board member with United Way of St. Charles, and Lindy said a dedicated fund has been set up for the firm by UWSC where 100% of the proceeds from the shirt sales and all business sponsor donations will go to the St. Charles Parish Public Schools Foundation to assist teachers who lost classroom materials in the storm.
Business sponsors, who each pledged money per shirt sale, include ABC Title of Boutte, Custom Tile Pool & Patio, Kelli’s Kreative Dance, Today’s Car Care and Chauvin Custom Homes.
“I just know that so many teachers put so much of their own money into their classrooms,” Lindy said. “There’s so many personal items for those teachers in their rooms and then there’s teachers who lost their homes possibly and we just didn’t want them to now have to come out of pocket even more. I know a lot of classroom supplies are also donated by PTOs and they don’t have the ability to all at once replace those things also. We as a law firm have done a lot of things in the last few years to support our school and support our teachers.”
The first round of shirt sales will close on Oct. 21, but Lindy said with more interest another round may open. More information about shirt sales can be found at www.louisianadisabilitylaw.com/blog/st-charles-strong.cfm.