MOMS HELPING MOMS: Lousiana flood victims

6,900,000,000,000 gallons of rain in one week.

The devastation in Louisiana is now the worst natural disaster to strike the U.S. since Hurricane Sandy. With more rain forecast, the destruction could continue. It is estimated the clean up will cost $30 million or more.

At least 40,000 homes were damaged. Many lost everything, and some of those affected did not have flood insurance as their homes were not located in a flood plain. Donations are needed to help more than 7,000 people in emergency shelters. Thousands more are without power in hot, humid conditions.

How to help:

Volunteer Louisiana: Many opportunities to volunteer or donate can be found on their website.

Salvation Army: The Salvation Army is specifically assisting with disaster relief resources such as canteens (mobile feeding units), clean up and hygiene kits and sending support personnel to the affected areas. Volunteer or donate money to the Salvation Army’s Gulf Coast fund to help the cause.

Red Cross: The American Red Cross in Louisiana is providing meals and dozens of shelters for residents needing a safe place to sleep. Contribute financially to the cause by going here and selecting “Louisiana Floods” from the drop-down menu or text the word LAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.  If you would like to volunteer, you can fill out an application.

United Way: The United Way of Southeast Louisiana is accepting donations for requested items. Check their website for current needs. Note: There is not a need for donations of food or clothing right now.

New Orleans Moms Blog: Check their website for additional ways to help and updates.

As you sit comfortably in your dry airconditioned homes, please think about the unfortunate individuals affected by this natural catastrophe. Please help if you can. $10 is all it takes to make a difference.

Thank you, dear readers. Our appreciation goes out to all of you!!



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