In the past week, 11 people have died and more than 30,000 people have been impacted by the flooding in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and the surrounding area. The damage is so devastating it’s as if a massive unnamed hurricane blew through without any warning. While we’ve seen time and time again the resilience of Louisianans, and we surely will again, they still need our help.
Here are several ways you can join the effort.
- Donate to the Louisiana Red Cross: The Louisiana branch of the American Red Cross is providing meals and dozens of shelters for residents needing a safe place to sleep. A detailed listing of the organization’s efforts, facilities and needs can be found here and you can contribute financially by either visiting here or by texting the word LAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
- Donate to the United Way: Donations for flood relief can be made through the United Way of Southeast Louisiana website. If you happen to live in nearby, they are also seeking volunteers.
- Donate to the LSU Fund: Louisiana State University’s Zeta Phi Beta sorority has a GoFundMe site, which is aiming to raise $10,000 and disburse it to students impacted by the flooding.
- Donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank: This nonprofit is on the ground making sure victims and volunteers get the food they need. You can help them here.
- Drop of items in New Orleans: Restauranteur Robert LeBlanc, along with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and Amy Cryex Sins of Langlois, has made all the restaurants within his LeBlanc+Smith group including Sylvain, Meauxbar, Cavan, and Barrell Proof drop off locations for items like food, clothing, kids toys, and other necessities. Robert has enlisted the help of his two sons to hand deliver the items where they’re most needed. On Sunday, they made their first delivery of four large SUVs worth of supplies collected over the weekend. They continue to accept donations at each business.
Do you want to see if a loved one is safe? Make sure to check the Red Cross’ Safe and Well site to see if they’ve checked into a shelter.