Local groups trying to help after statewide flooding

Published 10:21 am Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Though the devastating storms that have flooded parts of Louisiana largely missed Washington Parish, locally, Wendy Williams, the director of Project Save Bogalusa, said her organization is mobilizing local residents to help out in other areas of the state.

“Have you found yourself wondering how you can you help out with the flood relief,” she asked. “We have an effort that we would like you to be a part of, one not so far from home. We invite you to come take part in our efforts to help those victims of the great flood of 2016.

“Not so long ago, we found our city in a very similar situation, so our citizens here know first-hand, more than anyone, how traumatic these tragedies can be. We also have a little experience under our belt so that we can better be of assistance to those who do desperately need us. Come help us give a lending hand to help those in need.”

This week through Wednesday, Project Save Bogalusa will collect food, cleaning supplies and clothing for distribution to areas hit by the floods.

“We will be collecting non-perishable food items, garbage bags, water, cleaning supplies, bedding, baby items, bathing toiletries, batteries and other high priority needs,” Williams said. “At this time, the only clothing we are accepting are school uniforms. This may change once we have a better idea of the outcome of volunteers and donations. Please watch the Save Bogalusa Facebook page for updates.”

Drop off items at Seal Trucking, behind Wal-Mart at 401 Union Ave. in Bogalusa from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The items will be distributed on Friday at the Amite First United Methodist Church, located at 800 N. Duncan Ave. in Amite.

Project Save Bogalusa is seeking volunteers in Bogalusa and for the Amite distribution. To volunteer or to find out more, contact Williams at 985-516-2005.

The nonprofit group is also taking monetary donations, and those are tax-deductible. The link is www.gofundme.com/SaveBogalusa.