New Orleans has officially entered the final days of Carnival 2014, and with over 50 parades scheduled between now and Fat Tuesday, there is plenty to do within the city and surrounding area. Whether attending a few of these events, or almost all, you are sure to collect more beads and throws than any garage or attic can hold. Before relegating these prizes to the closet or garbage bin, please consider making a donation to Arc of Greater New Orleans.
Each year, Arc of Greater New Orleans collects used beads that can be sorted and packaged for resale. Not only do these efforts provide the immediate benefit of waste reduction, but also contribute to the non-profit’s overarching mission of assisting those with intellectual disabilities and delays. While bead organization and preparation serve as positive activities for organizational involvement and participation, the resulting funds support a range of activities across the Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Bernard parishes.
Locations for bead drop-off include, but are not limited to: Clearview Mall in Metairie, Mardi Gras World, local Whole Foods‘ stores, public libraries, and Arc offices. For a full list of donation centers, as well as bead purchasing information, please visit the Arc GNO website. Likewise, when along the parade route, be on the lookout for Arc’s Catch and Release float to make an immediate contribution.
It is the mission of Arc of Greater New Orleans to provide “all people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to develop, function and live to their fullest potential.” As a United Way Partner Agency, Arc GNO has grown since its 1953 inception, now serving upwards of 1,000 children and adults across its three parish area.