Cortana Mall parking lot turned into donation site by Salvation Army

Cortana Mall parking lot turned into donation site by Salvation Army

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A large section of the parking lot at the Cortana Mall is now a donation site for flood victims in Baton Rouge.

People lined up in cars and on foot to get everything they needed. The site offers food, water, and cleaning supplies.

"I know there's great needs out there. People lost just about everything in their houses with the flood water coming up anywhere from three to six feet. So it's just, I think the Salvation Army and the Red Cross are doing a great job out here helping those with immediate needs to recover," said volunteer Larry Deren.

The Salvation Army and Red Cross teamed up with Tyson Chicken, the U.S. Army, and LSU to put on this event. Even a truck of supplies from the University of South Carolina arrived Saturday morning.

Organizers say since the site opened on Thursday, they've helped around 10,000 people.

"This morning, I was handing out food boxes, and a lady just broke down crying. I hugged her and prayed with her, and just consoled her. Because it's just a lot of overwhelming emotions for folks," said Captain Brett Meredith, commander of the Baton Rouge Salvation Army.

People like Shenitha Gibson, a mother of three whose home was completely flooded, say sites like this one really help those in need.

"My heart just goes out to everybody. Because we lost... but we're here to help everybody else as well. To kind of get through this time," Gibson said.

This site will be open again on Sunday, August 21 from 1 - 4 p.m. The Salvation Army is in need of volunteers for that site. If you would like to help out, you can send an email with your contact information to or call 225-355-4483.

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