KC running community steps up to raise funds for victims of recent floods in Louisiana

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Local runners stepped up on Tuesday to help victims of the recent floods in Louisiana.

Kansas City Sports Commission was one of four places that spent the day collecting donations to help with Louisiana Flood relief efforts.

Louisiana Marathon reached out to the Sports Commission hoping it would have some T-shirts leftover from past races. The commission has since agreed to donate hundreds of unused shirts.

"Runners are a very tightknit community," said Dave Borchardt with Kansas City Sports Commission. "We put out the call for help, and people were showing up making lots of donations at our offices and at the Kansas City Running Company locations around town. The Kansas City running community has really rallied behind this, and it's been great to see."

The commission is also accepting monetary donations to help the city recover.

"I know we're going to ship everything down there and obviously were going to use the cash donations to purchase gift cards to Lowe's and Home Depot," Borchardt said. "We are going to get it down there to the folks at the Louisiana Marathon and let them distribute."

Kansas City Sports Commission will also donate 20-percent of registration fees for all runners who sign up to participate in any of the 2016 runs.

Runners are encouraged to spread awareness on social media using the hashtag #showmekccares.