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Louisiana’s Flooding: Heartbreak and hope in one Twitter feed

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An aerial view taken from an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter shows severe flooding in a residential area of Baton Rouge, La., Aug. 15, 2016. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa Leake

Aleteia - published on 08/18/16 - updated on 06/07/17

...and how to learn more and help the victims of the devastation

Annie Johnson of Baton Rouge, Lousiana, has found a way to get to get around the national media’s downplaying of the catastrophic flooding in her home state. She’s taken to Twitter (@annieschec) to show the world the devastation and how to send help.

Read more from Rod Dreher, who is on the scene, reporting on the damage and relief efforts in his blog.

These organizations are accepting donations online (list compiled by nola.com):

Red Cross

  • Accepting: Donations via telephone. Call 1-800-REDCROSS or text LAFLOODS to 90999 to donate $10

Companion Animal Alliance, Baton Rouge’s city animal shelter

  • Needs: Foster homes to house pets temporarily, large bath towels, paper towels, water and food for volunteers and staff. Donations can be made online to assist with these needs by going to the organization’s website,www.CAABR.org.

• NOLA Pay It Forward

  • Accepting: Greater New Orleans Foundation collecting donations to aid neighboring parishes in early relief and rebuilding efforts. Access the site here.

United Way of Southeast Louisiana

United Way of Acadiana

• Capital Area United Way

• Denham Springs Animal Shelter, which was devastated by the floods

  • Accepting: Donations via a GoFundMe account, which PetCo is matching dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000. The shelter also has an Amazon Wish List. By making purchases on Amazon, needed items will be sent directly to the shelter.

Tangi Humane Society, which is privately run and was devastated by the floods

• Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana

• Assess the Need

  • Accepting: Donations for Livingston Parish schools, 15 of which flooded. Donations can be made online by going to Assess the Need’s website. They can also be emailed to Assess the Need, PO Box 1802, Denham Springs, LA, 70727

Catholic Charities

  • Accepting: Donations to aid families in immediate and longterm needs. Accepting donations online.

• Save the Children’s Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund

  • Accepting: Donations to help protect children and support immediate needs of families affected by flooding. They can be sent online.

• Baton Rouge Area Foundation

232-HELP

  • Accepting: Donations to help purchase emergency medications, medical equipment, appliances and transportation for flood victims in 10 parishes across Acadiana. Donations can be made online.

Foundation for Louisiana

SBP

  • Accepting: Donations to assist in cleaning, gutting and rebuilding homes for those affected by the floods. They can be made online.

Lighthouse Louisiana

  • Accepting: Donations to clean up its Baton Rouge facility and repair and replace damaged items. They can be made online. 

Northshore Weather Relief Fund

  • Accepting: Donations to help those affected in Tangipahoa, Washington, St. Helena and Tammany parishes. They can be made online.

Foundation EBR

  •  Knights of Columbus
    • Accepting: Donations, which can be made on the Knights of Columbus website.
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