How to Help Louisiana Flood Victims

Southern Louisiana was hit hard by deadly,historic flooding on top of the record floods the state suffered earlier this year.

    The Salvation Army, which is dealing with flooding at its Baton Rouge facility, is helping thousands of residents who were forced to evacuate their homes.

    The organization is assisting with disaster relief resources such as canteens (mobile feeding units), clean up and hygiene kits and sending support personnel to the affected areas. You canvolunteer or donate money to the Salvation Army's Gulf Coast fund to help the cause.

    The American Red Cross in Louisiana is providing meals and dozens of shelters for residents needing a safe place to sleep. You can contribute financially to the cause by going here and selecting "Louisiana Floods" from the drop-down menu. You can also text the word LAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. If you would like to volunteer, you can fill out an application.

    For residents, you can let loved ones know you are safe by filling out an American Red Cross Safe and Well form.

    Residents are in desperate need of toiletries and basic health items. Louisiana Strong is a GoFundMe campaign that will distribute those items and other essentials to victims and first responders.

    Operation Blessing International has deployed volunteers to help with cleanup efforts. The organization is also providing hot meals. If you're interested in volunteering, email volunteer@OB.org.

    Samaritan's Purse is in need of volunteers who can commit to at least three days. Volunteers will help residents with debris removal, and Samaritan's Purse will provide accommodations and food for volunteers.

    Also accepting people willing to assist in the response and recovery efforts is Volunteer Louisiana. Register online or email nauck@crt.la.gov.

    The United Way invites you to help flood relief efforts by volunteering or making a donation through the United Way of Southeast Louisiana. You can also either drop off or send toiletries and other items to several locations. Citizens in need of services should dial 211, which is a hotline operating 24/7.

    Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans & Acadiana is distributing thousands of pounds of food, water and supplies to flood victims.

    Convoy of Hope is providing food, water, equipment and relief supplies to southern Louisiana. You can support their work here. Please indicate you want the money donated to go towards the Louisiana August 2016 flood relief efforts.

    Save the Children deployed an emergency response team to Baton Rouge to establish specialized spaces within emergency shelters where children's unique needs can be met. To support their efforts, you can donate to the Gulf Coast Floods Children's Relief Fund.

    The Rho Epsilon Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority at Louisiana State University is raising money through GoFundMe to distribute $500 gift cards to families and students directly affected by the floods that can be used towards essentials in the recovery efforts.


    HOW TO HELP OUT ON THE LOCAL LEVEL IN LA:

    Live Oak United Methodist Church
    Address: 34890 LA Highway 16, Watson, LA 70786
    Phone: (225) 664-4801

    Greenwell Springs Baptist Church
    Address: 19421 Greenwell Springs Rd, Greenwell Springs, LA 70739
    Phone: (225) 261-2246

    Abundant Life Church
    Address: 206 Edgewood Dr, Denham Springs, LA 70726
    Phone: (225) 665-7000

    Amite Baptist Church
    Address: 7100 Amite Church Rd, Denham Springs, LA 70706
    Phone: (225) 665-2060

    Samaritan's Purse
    https://www.samaritanspurse.org/article/franklin-graham-encourages-flood-affected-homeowners-in-louisiana/

    Central Community Theatre
    Address: 6631 Sullivan Rd, Greenwell Springs, LA 70739
    Phone: (225) 615-7615