On Thursday night (September 18, 2014) Rene Broussard and his family suffered a devastating lost. Their home went up in flames. The extent of the damage is not yet known. In the fire, Rene, his mother, and sister also suffered the lost of their two dogs, Tommy and Annie. Tommy and Annie were shelter best friends before being rescued by Rene’s sister. Luckily their cat was already outside when the fire started and is safely with them.
As you know Rene Broussard is the owner and operator of Zeitgeist, a 25 year old independent movie theater in Central City. Zeitgiest is a non-profit and runs on donations. Rene shows movies of all kinds 7 days a week, 3 times a night and has dedicated countless hours to our city’s cultural heritage.
The Red Cross was on the scene and has helped with some initial funding and emergency toiletries. But they still need more to get back on their feet over the next few weeks. Little is known at this time about the amount of personal items lost or how much time it will take to repair the house.
You can donate directly to Rene via his paypal account. Church Alley Coffee Bar is also taking donations during shop hours - Mon to Sat 8am to 3pm. At this time financial donations are the best way to help, as the family is living in a hotel. Gift cards, gift certificates, checks and paypal payments are great ways to start.
You can make donations at Church Alley Coffee/ Zeitgeist
1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
Renee Blanchard, Church Alley Coffee Bar