BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Two nonprofit organizations that are crucial for supplying the community have continued to do so during the historic flood event that impacted many parishes in south Louisiana. Unfortunately, they too are in need of assistance as they experienced devastating loss after taking in water.
On Wednesday August 24th, WAFB Channel Nine in partnership with Essential Federal Credit Union held the Raising Hope Telethon to benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and the Salvation Army of Greater Baton Rouge. The telethon started a 5 a.m. with the first on air push on 9News this Morning and concluded during WAFB's 9News at 10 p.m.
"We've been able to help 35,000 people with emergency assistance from the floods as well as serve more than 80,000 hot meals, so every little bit we can raise goes a long way to help people in need in our community," said Capt. Brett Meredith with the Salvation Army. "We just are grateful for those who come alongside of us so that we can get back to normal."
When the totals were added up more than $55,000 had been raised.
"We are grateful for the outpouring of support from the community because it allows us to get back to normal in time," said Capt. Meredith. "It's going take three to six months for the Salvation Army to be normal again but it will happen.
Every local Salvation Army facility was flooded and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank took on more than 4 feet of water at its warehouse.
"This community has been very generous and that is what this community is all about," said Mike Manning, President of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. "We take care of each other. We flooded just like many of the community has and everybody's coming together to help out. We did get a good 4 feet of water, we lost all the office furniture, office equipment, lost the trucks, the forklifts, we lost the bulk re-packaging operation so we took a pretty good hit but will come back from will come back stronger."
Early estimates put damage at around $2 to $3 million for each organization.