Louisiana’s record-setting floods have forced thousands of people from their homes. The death toll has reached 13, and the damage estimate has risen to $110 million. According to the Red Cross, this is the worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
Fortunately, Louisiana residents won’t have to endure the burden of recovery alone. Disaster relief organizations, schools, churches and concerned individuals across the country have donated millions of dollars, water, food and their time to help rebuild the battered state. But it’s not enough.
The flood in Louisiana is a national disaster, and a successful recovery hinges on the efforts of individuals across the United States. If you would like to do your part, there are several ways to devote your time, supplies or extra money. Here are a few organizations that could use your help:
Red Cross: You can donate via telephone by calling 1-800-REDCROSS. You can also text LAFLOODS to 90999 to donate $10.
NOLA Pay It Forward: This organization is assisting parishes with early relief and reconstruction. You can make donations or learn about volunteer opportunities here.
United Way of Southeast Louisiana: You can donate to the United Way’s flood relief efforts by visiting the organization’s website. You can also send checks to:
United Way of Southeast Louisiana, ATTN: Flood Relief
2515 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119
United Way of Acadiana: You can make donations and learn about relief efforts on the organization’s website.
Capital Area United Way: Visit the organization’s website here to make donations.
Second Harvest Food Bank: This organization is accepting nonperishable items such as canned fruit, canned meat, canned vegetables, beans, soups, stews, peanut butter, chili, rice, pasta, shelf-stable milk and breakfast cereal. You can also donate bleach, sponges, cleaning supplies, disinfectants, trash bags, scrub brushes and gloves. Visit South Harvest Food Bank at 700 Edwards Ave., Elmwood to drop off your donations.
You can learn about more organizations that are accepting donations here.
How to Help Displaced Pets
Let’s not forget the welfare of our furry friends. If you would like to help pets and other animals that have been displaced or neglected after the flooding, please direct your donations to:
Companion Animal Alliance in Baton Rouge: The shelter needs pet treats, pet food, cash donations, leashes, dog toys and temporary fosters. You can make donations here.
Tangi Humane Society: The shelter needs supplies and a place to store supplies temporarily, bleach, bottled water, shovels, Shop Vacs, large trash bags, rubber gloves and blowers. You can make donations on the shelter’s website or send donations via PayPal to this email address: email@example.com.
Lamar Dixon Expo Center: The shelter needs hay, brooms, buckets, volunteers, cat litter, cleaning supplies, pet food for cats, dogs and horses, and plastic litter boxes. You can drop off supplies or make donations by visiting the shelter at 921 Rue La Cannes Drive, Luling.
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