The Three Letter Word that Carries a Big Punch

Influenza, commonly known as the Flu, is a viral infection that can be easily spread through the air from coughs and sneezes.  While most individuals have symptoms similar to a cold or stomach virus, those that have the Flu experience worse signs that can sometimes lead to hospitalization or even death.  It can be difficult to avoid the Flu.  However, there are steps we can take to lessen the chances of developing it.

LSU Nursing Students Christian and Kim have been volunteering at Lantern Light over the past several weeks.  On Wednesday they shared with guests a presentation on Flu prevention.  The students provided facts about the Flu, they shared signs guests could look for to determine if they developed the flu, as well as steps they can take to prevent the Flu.   While many individuals report that they do receive the Flu shot annually, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recently reported that the current Flu vaccine has an overall effectiveness of only 36 %.

As the country continues to experience a high level of the virus, please remember that it is still a good idea to get the Flu shot, as well as the importance of avoiding individuals that are sick, staying away from others if you have the Flu, and covering your hands and nose.  Also make sure you avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and making sure that you always wash your hands!


The Dawn Busters Kiwanis and Lantern Light Partner for Clothing Drive

The Dawn Busters and the Eye openers Kiwanis clubs donated much needed clothes for the Lantern Light Ministry to distribute to those in need.  Kenitha Grooms-Williams the Director of the staff for Lantern Light and Sonny Romero one of the Dawn Busters team captains for their Lantern Light community outreach program co- chaired the event. Standing from left to right First row: Grooms-Williams Lantern Light Director, Lou Oschmann from the Eye Openers  Claude Thibodeaux, Second row: Mike Murphy, Sonny Romero, Dave Massey, David Barry .



Thank You Supporters!

Lantern Light wishes to express our sincerest thanks to the many that supported our organization during Gulf Coast Bank’s Auctions in August. On behalf of our guests, we are truly grateful that you chose to help those in need through our ministry.



Support Lantern Light during Gulf Coast Bank’s “Auctions in August.”  From now thru August 31st you can view and bid on a variety of fabulous items by going to Make sure to check out recently added items, which include one 90 minute Senior or Family photography session, gift certificates from Café 615 Home of Da Wabbit along with a bottle of wine, and a Dickie Brennan’s Chefs Tasting for 6.


Support Lantern Light during Gulf Coast Bank’s Auctions in August August 1st – August 31, 2017.

Visit to bid on these items and more!

 Commander’s Palace $150 Gift Certificate & Recipe Book
 Multi-Colored “Pine Buff 2016” Quilted Throw
 Zea Rotiesserie & Grill – 3 Gift Certificates Totaling $150 & 3 Specialty  Sauces
 18″ White Freshwater Pearl Necklace compliments of Boudreaux’s Jewelers
 Two Plaza Level Tickets to Saints vs. Panthers, 12/3/17 at Noon & One Free Parking Spot just blocks away at St. Joseph’s Church
One 90 minute family or senior photography session plus one 16×20 inch mounted wall portrait compliments of The Red M Studio

We Love Our Student Volunteers!

Every year Lantern Light has the privilege of hosting an abundance of schools who seek volunteer opportunities for their students. These schools often range from elementary to college and are often located as little as 15 minutes away from our organization, while others are 1,500 miles away. These teachers and students learn about what we do and find ways to help us achieve our mission to care for those in need. As the school year comes to an end, Lantern Light wishes to extend their deepest appreciation to all academic institutions that supported our organization during this school year. Whether you coordinated donations, provided meals, or completed volunteer opportunities, we are truly grateful that you chose our agency as an opportunity to give back to our community. If you are interested in bringing your students to Lantern Light during the 2017-2018 academic school year please contact us for more information today.