It's a three-step process to help ease the strain on the state of Louisiana, in particular.
Dean Trailways donated three buses that will travel to Baton Rouge and pick up as many as they can carry from Southern University. Each with 56 seats, they expect to carry about 150 people back to Lansing.
They will leave at 5 p.m. Saturday. They hope to carry supplies, especially cash, along with them.
Once they arrive back in Lansing, the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus is heading the charge to turn 5 of the closed Lansing schools into shelters. Walnut, Verlinden, Holmes, Maple Grove, and Allen St. Elementary are the schools on the list.
Organizer Dr. Freya Rivers says they'll need supplies like cots, bedding, towels, toiletries, clothes, non-perishables, diapers, and cash.
Donation drop-offs are:
New Mt. Calvary Baptist Church
3800 W. Miller
Pentacostal Outreach Church of God in Christ
2645 W. Holmes Rd.
St. Stephen Community Church
1420 W. Oakland
Black Child and Family Institute
835 S. Genesee
Central United Methodist Church
215 N. Capitol
For more information, contact 517-646-9078.