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Houston Sends Supplies And Donations To Survivors Of Floods In Baton Rouge

Local churches collected water, cleaning products, school supplies and clothes.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner underscored how quickly Houstonians reacted to help the flood survivors in Baton Rouge.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (center) underscored how quickly Houstonians reacted to help the flood survivors in Baton Rouge.

Houstonians are helping Baton Rouge residents recover from the recent massive floods through an effort that has partnered the City of Houston with local religious and civic organizations.

After seeing the devastation in Baton Rouge, Mayor Sylvester Turner asked Houstonians to make donations to help in the recovery process.

Local churches served as drop-off locations that collected water, cleaning products, school supplies and clothes.

Two trucks set out from Houston to transport the donations to Louisiana on Thursday.

Moments before their departure, Turner said he was proud of the response from Houstonians.

“Whether you gave a little bit or whether you gave a lot, the reality is for people who have lost everything that little bit means a lot, you know, to all of them,” he said.

“Churches, non-profits, Houstonians on short, short notice, turned out in a huge, huge way,” Turner underscored.

DeAndre Sam, president and CEO of A – Rocket Moving and Storage, the company that’s transporting the donations, said people were still making donations on Thursday.

“So, I’m pretty sure there’ll probably be an opportunity to take some other stuff down somewhat at a later date as well and we’d be willing to do that as well,” Sam said. 

Turner says the distribution of the donations will be coordinated with Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden.

Since President Barack Obama’s major disaster declaration to 20 parishes in South Louisiana, more than 120,000 households have registered for FEMA assistance.

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