BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - After two weeks of helping with tornado relief efforts in Oklahoma, South Louisiana Red Cross volunteers are home safe. Volunteers say the rough week was extremely rewarding, and they want encourage others to do their part to help too.
"You guys are great at taking pictures, but it's nothing like being there," said Red Cross Volunteer Don Baxter. "It's really a disaster. A lot of the areas around the schools that were hit, it's like a war zone really!"
Barely 24 hours after deadly tornadoes ripped through Moore, Oklahoma., South Louisiana Red Cross volunteers were on the ground ready to help.
"These ten volunteers, who left the very morning after the storm, were sent to distribute food and relief supplies into the neighborhoods and or at fixed locations where the residents were coming to them," said Nancy Malone, South Louisiana Red Cross public affairs director.
Baxter had no idea what he would actually encounter once he got to Moore, but he says he was ready to do whatever it took to make life just a little easier for the storm victims.
"I honestly gave out more hugs than I did water or anything because the people needed that," said Baxter.
Malone says even though all the volunteers are back in Louisiana, they're still doing their part to get supplies to Oklahoma. This week they'll collect donations at LSU's Alex Box Stadium for this weekend's super regional against the Sooners.
Malone reminds everyone that donations, and more importantly, volunteers are needed year round---especially this time of year.
"Hurricane season's here. Come in today. Get trained, and that way you'll be ready when that next call comes in. We know in South Louisiana it's going to be right around the corner," said Malone.