Local charitable organizations offer a variety of ways to help flood victims

    If you’re looking for ways to help those displaced by the recent unprecedented floods in south Louisiana, the following agencies are accepting monetary and other donations for families and individuals in need:

    The American Red Cross local chapter:

    • Donations can be made online, by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or by texting LAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
    • WAFB also is hosting a Red Cross telethon today starting with the station’s 5 p.m. newscast and running through the 10 p.m. newscast. Twelve volunteers are needed to help man phone lines during the telethon. Contact Julie Gustafson via email at julie.gustafson@redcross.org for more information. Participants should be able to report to the station at 4:45 p.m. today for orientation.

    The Capital Area United Way is accepting donations at its office, 700 Laurel St., from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. daily until further notice. Items in need include:

    • Pillows, blankets, bottled water, underwear for adults and children, cleaning supplies, baby formula and food, masks, nonperishable food items, buckets, mops, rubber gloves, toilet paper, diapers, soap, shampoo, socks for adults and children, feminine hygiene products, deodorant, boxes or containers, and school supplies
    • Monetary donations also can be made by texting LAFLOOD to 313131, as well as online.  

    The Baton Rouge Area Foundation:

    • The foundation also is offering the Employees 1st program for companies wanting to set up charitable funds to help flood-struck employees. Tax-deductible donations can be made online. Scroll down to find funds that you can donate to today. Contact BRAF to find out more information about the Employees 1st program: ehutchison@braf.org.

    The local Salvation Army has established a makeshift command center at 4025 W. Brookstown Drive. Volunteers are welcomed to report to the location to help with food service and more.

    Meanwhile, the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank—which itself took on about four feet of water in its warehouse at 10600 S. Choctaw Drive—is accepting donations online and is looking for volunteers.

    “Although this flood has occurred, our staff has experience dealing with disasters and we are working toward recovery,” reads a statement on the food bank’s website. “As soon as it is safe, we will get back to operating and will again get back to helping those in need.”

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