Baton Rouge, La. (BRPROUD)– Today, President Joe Biden went to Texas to survey the weather damage. Local organizations around the Baton Rouge area such as Anchor Community Services, the Jewel J. Newman Community Center, and Elevate Church decided to team up and send donations to their neighbors.
Historic snowfall and record freezing temperatures in Texas left millions without water and power for days.
Donor to the Texas Giveback Initiative Tina Charleville said “It’s just heartbreaking when you see a tragedy that someone has to live through, while you have the blessing of still living in your everyday life, while others are still suffering”
Pastor of Elevate Church Keith Richard said, “The goal is to furnish them with as many cases of water as possible so it can fulfill any need they have.”
Supplies were donated and then sent to Houston’s foodbank.
“So we also partner up with ally trucking and with the ally trucking they are going to transport all of the donations from baton rouge to texas, ” said Pastor Richard.
Residents of Louisiana have experienced similar circumstances in the past.
“I’ve been there. I have been in a state where I didn’t see a way out, and I don’t think anyone really cared, ” said Charleville.
So they decided to pay it forward.
Charleville said, “This gives us purpose, we’re like what can we do? I mean we can pray, but what else can we do? This can give us a tangible way to help others.”
These groups have not only sent supplies, but also comfort and hope.
Pastor Richard said, “Every little bit helps, so I’m sure it’s going to bring joy to them, to know that there’s someone out there who cares about them. ”
“I would tell them to just know that people are here for them and that even though we may not be there in person, they are not alone,” said Charleville
If you’re looking to donate you’ll have until Friday, March 5th to get your donations in, between the hours of 9-5 pm at these three locations: Anchor Community Services, the Jewel J. Newman Community Center, and Elevate Church.
For more information, you can contact the Jewel J. Newman community center at (225) 775-3935.
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