Local Efforts to Help Louisiana Flood Victims: How You Can Help Featured

In the wake of devastating flooding in southern Louisiana that has forced thousands from their homes, a great need is growing. Area residents are stepping up, taking donations and spreading information on ways to help the flood victims.

Bama 4 BR Flood Relief on Facebook

Tuscaloosa residents know all too well how chaotic and frightening it is when a natural disaster hits. In Baton Rouge right now, for example, phone service is spotty (at best) and everyone is trying to check on family and friends. Residents also know how badly help is needed – and that is why one newly-formed Facebook group was organized.

Bama 4 BR Flood Relief was formed on Sunday, and membership quickly grew into the hundreds. It’s an excellent resource for locals who want to know who is taking donations.

To access the Bama 4 Flood Relief group on Facebook, click here.

You’ll need to request to join the group.

Bama 4 BR Flood Relief began when ReRe Pride Shaw, a Tuscaloosa native and LSU professor who has lived in Baton Rouge for 17 years, posted a message to her sister, Mary Dee Patrick, asking for help. When the tornado hit Tuscaloosa in 2011, Shaw reached out to friends in Baton Rouge for help.

“We had friends, strangers, everyone donating items to me,” she said. “We filled this huge truck and donated to tornado relief in Tuscaloosa.”

Shaw and her husband drove a truck filled with donations to Tuscaloosa. On Sunday, Shaw posted a message to Patrick on her Facebook page, asking her to reciprocate the help for Baton Rouge residents. “See if you can do better,” it said.

Patrick quickly founded Bama 4 BR Flood Relief. Hundreds joined. Word spread.

“We’re trying to gather goods and items needed for everyone and get them to Baton Rouge,” Shaw said. “The need is so great. It’s heartbreaking.”

At the moment, the group’s most pressing need, aside from specific item donations (see below) is a large truck.

“We need somebody to donate a truck, so we can deliver all the collections.”

Additional items needed include reusable shopping bags (for distributing items) and large moving boxes.

*IF YOU CAN HELP, join the Bama 4 BR Flood Relief Facebook page and post.*

The Tuscaloosa contact for help will be Jamie Dykes. Mary Dee Patrick will help with coordinating relief efforts in Birmingham.

Donations are being accepted through Wednesday, Aug. 24. Items will be distributed through the First United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge.

Chick-fil-A Northport Donations

Chick-fil-A Northport, in conjunction with Bama 4 BR Flood Relief and the American Red Cross, is collecting items for those in need in Louisiana.

These items are being collected:

  • Non-perishable food and individual packets for easy distribution (think chips, cheese crackers, granola, fruit cups, canned goods, etc.)
  • Water and Gatorade
  • Baby/toddler/kid supplies (diapers, wipes, baby food, bottles, cups, small toys and games)
  • Paper supplies (toilet paper, paper towels, plates, etc.)
  • Bedding (sleeping bags, pillows and sheets)
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Toiletries (small sizes preferred)
  • School supplies (including backpacks)

Items can be dropped off at the Chick-fil-A in Northport (1620 McFarland Blvd). For more information, call (205) 393-5787.

To make donations directly to the American Red Cross:

  • Visit redcross.org (you’ll see the link to donate on the home page)
  • Text “LAFLOODS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation
  • Call 1-800-REDCROSS

Additional Local Dropoff Locations

At the moment, these are the dropoff locations in Tuscaloosa:

  • Tuscaloosa Academy (special thanks to the Key Club for their efforts to collect!)
  • Belk Center (Ask for Jamie Dykes)
  • North River Christian Academy
  • Alabama Fire College
  • AFFLINK in Tuscaloosa (drop off box available until Aug. 20)
  • West Alabama Wholesale, Skyland Blvd. Tuscaloosa (donations being accepted)
  • Applico – An Appliance and Lighting Company (6509 Hwy 69 South in the Hillcrest Shopping Center) Accepting donations through Thursday, 8/25

  • Alex McCune’s State Farm Office (1420 McFarland Blvd #4 in Northport)

Northport Mayor Bobby Herndon Taking Relief Donations to Louisiana

Northport Mayor Bobby Herndon’s sister lives in Hammond, Louisiana, and he left early on Wednesday, bringing truckloads of donations from the local area down there.

Herndon was collecting supplies on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at his office, Herndon, Hicks and Associates (2728 Lurleen Wallace Blvd. in Northport). People donated in droves, all day long. How much? Herndon said two U-Haul trucks filled with supplies were heading to Louisiana.

"To top it off a gentleman I had never met before paid for the fuel down and back," he said.

Other Places to Donate to the South Louisiana Flood Relief

First United Methodist Church Disaster Relief:
Click "Donate" on the top right and put “LA Flood Relief” in comments.

The Salvation Army in Baton Rouge is on the ground as well, working to help those affected by the flooding disaster. To donate to the effort, click here. You will also find information on this webpage on how to donate by phone and through mail. You can also text STORM to 51555 on your mobile device.

Baton Rouge Area Foundation: “BRAF” has a relief fund that assists non-profits responding to flooding across the state. People can make donations online at braf.org. Donations to the Louisiana Flood Relief Fund are tax deductible.

Foundation for Louisiana: The foundation is ready to help, with contributions to the Strategic Flood Response Fund, to provide assistance for both relief and immediate recovery efforts. Donation options are available on the homepage of their website at www.foundationforlouisiana.org. All money donated will be directed solely toward disaster relief and recovery efforts.

Lexlee’s Kids is a Baton Rouge-based non-profit organization dedicated to serving the community through safety education, is taking donations of car seats and portable cribs. They have set up a GoFundMe page for donations as well. For more information, visit their Facebook page or website.

100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge has established a relief fund to help supply youth and families affected by the ongoing flooding in the Southern Louisiana region. You can join this effort and help by donating here.  

Animal Help

Companion Animal Alliance, Baton Rouge's city animal shelter - Donations can be made online to assist with these needs by going to the organization's website, www.CAABR.org.

Denham Springs Animal Shelter is accepting donations via a GoFundMe account, which PetCo is matching dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000. The shelter also has an Amazon Wish List. By making purchases on Amazon, needed items will be sent directly to the shelter.

The Tangi Humane Society, which is privately run and was devastated by the floods, is accepting donations via a GoFundMe account. The society also has an Amazon Wish List. By making purchases on Amazon, needed items will be sent directly to the shelter.


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