New Orleans may be oceans away from India, but these four businesses are bringing attention to the country's Covid crisis with their donations and outreach.
During the month of May, tasc is donating a percentage of online sales directly to its factory in India to help pay for vaccinations, family care, and socially distant living quarters. Shoppers can also add a donation to their cart upon checking out.
Lekha, a New Orleans-based clothing company, donated 100% of its sales to Covid relief in India from May 1-7. Founded by Trishala Bhansali, the brand partners with artisans in India to design and produce an evolving collection of beautiful handmade womenswear. Production has been temporarily halted as the country is in lockdown.
Saffron has started a GoFundMe raising money to benefit Khalsa Aid International USA Inc. Donations will help provide basic human care in India during the country's time of need. The fundraiser is aiming for $10,000 and is just a few thousand dollars shy of that goal (as of Thursday morning).
During the months of May, June, and July, Louisiana Pain Specialists, an interventional pain practice serving the greater New Orleans area, will be donating a portion of all new patient visits to Covid relief efforts in India. Dr. Suneil Jolly, Louisiana Pain Specialists President and CEO, is an American Indian with close ties to the city's Indian community. Dr. Jolly and Louisiana Pain Specialists will also be hosting a tennis fundraising match, Nola Tennis Mania, on May 23 in City Park, the proceeds of which will also donated to Covid relief for India.
Below, additional organizations that are directly helping during the crisis.