Baton Rouge, LA – The Salvation Army is doing the most good in two different communities affected by the historic amounts of rainfall that led to severe flooding in 25 parishes in Louisiana and four counties in Mississippi.
In Tangipahoa Parish just into Louisiana across the Mississippi stateline, response teams served 400 meals near the town of Amite. Incident Commander and New Orleans Command Officer, Major David Worthy called it a “sweltering Louisiana day”, but one where needs were met.
“The people were so very grateful for work and service of The Salvation Army's disaster response teams in Tangipahoa Parish,” said Major Worthy. “We know the need is great. We are all happy to help them.”
In Baton Rouge, Salvation Army canteens (mobile feeding trucks) make their way out into the community and start food and hydration service on Tuesday as flood waters are slowing beginning to drop. Canteens from Biloxi and Meridian, Mississippi and Shreveport, New Orleans, and Alexandria, Louisiana will be in place by Tuesday.
The Greater Baton Rouge Corps also suffered damage from the flood, but Salvation Army personnel continues to work towards meeting the needs in and around Baton Rouge.
“We want to do all we can to help our friends and neighbors,” said Captain Brett Meredith, Greater Baton Rouge Corps, Command Officer. “It’s devastating to see our building flooded, but even more so, to see so many in need. They need us now, and we will be there.”
Salvation Army officers and staff will be available at each location to provide spiritual and emotional care as well as a meal and drink. Hygiene kits and clean up kits will also be available
To help those in these flooded areas across Southeast Louisiana, you can donate by going to http://give.salvationarmyusa.org/gulf_coast_floods. You will also find information on this webpage on how to donate by phone and through mail. You can also donate by texting STORM to 51555 on your mobile device.About The Salvation Army