The Salvation Army of Greater Baton Rouge got a big gift from Verizon today to help them rebuild.
Their location on Airline highway flooded back in August and still remains closed.
“The Salvation Army’s Baton Rouge core sustained a tremendous amount of water damage during the flood, including their administration building, their store, their shelter, and their men’s shelter that was almost complete,” said Gov. John Bel Edwrads.
Still their employees never stopped helping flood victims.
That’s why the Governor along with local leaders were happy to welcome Verizon’s donation of $75,000 to the organization to help them rebuild and reopen.
“I just want to again say how much I appreciate you being here and for what you are doing,” said Gov. Edwards.
“We came to support the community because we have employees who we love dearly that work here, and the communities that they live in, that they’ve grown up in, that they care so deeply about,” said Krista Bourne.
“It’s overwhelming to be the recipient of a gift like this considering what we have all been though,” said Cpt. Brett Meredith with the Baton Rouge Salvation Army.
Cpt. Meredith also thanked Verizon for their help during the flooding, “We served over 200 thousand meals, we served more than 80 thousand people from our social services and not the least of which was because Verizon stepped up and provided command resources so we could have wireless network again so that we could get our command staff somewhere to meet and work out of.”
The location on airline should reopen in several months.
If you would like to help the Baton Rouge Salvation Army, click here: http://salvationarmyalm.org/batonrouge/.