KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Several organizations in the metro are donating supplies and volunteers to help those affected by the flooding in Louisiana. At about 9:00 a.m. on Friday, two Red Cross volunteers – a husband and wife team - will drive a disaster response vehicle down to the Baton Rouge area. The husband is a lieutenant colonel at Whiteman Air Force Base – his wife is a health care provider from St. Joseph. She is using her two weeks of vacation to go help those devastated by the flooding.
Red Cross officials say this is the worst natural disaster to hit the US since Superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast four years ago – and they expect it will to cause more than $30-million dollars in damage. The Red Cross has already sent 31 volunteers from Western Missouri to southern Louisiana to help – and they’re not the only ones responding to the call.
Operation BBQ is also helping.
This team of chefs from Kansas City has been down in the flooded area the past three days serving more than 48-thousand meals to those who’ve lost their homes. They plan to stay through the weekend, at least.
Heart to Heart out of Olathe is sending thousands of hygiene kits to the victims, as well. The leaders of all three organizations say they are running out of money – and would love for you to help.
To help the Red Cross, you can go to redcross.org or text LAFLOODS to 90999.
To help Operation BBQ, go to their website at operationbbqrelief.org.donate or text OBR to 41444.
And to help Heart to Heart, you can go to hearttoheart.org/donate.
Your donations are tax deductible and will help those Louisiana families now homeless because of this devastating flooding.