Donate to a Louisiana flood victim

Help a Louisiana flood victim get back into a home of their own by donating a much needed item below.
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Fighting Through Health Issues to Get Back to Normal

This couple isn't letting their health issues stop them. They are doing what they can to get back to normal, but need your assistance! Your help can put them ahead where their medical needs hold them back!

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Stacie and family were already emotionally spent from four deaths in the family prior to the flood.

Stacie and her family were prepared for flood waters to rise. They lifted furniture and appliances off the floor and waited. However, their home got more than seven feet of water so everything was lost. Stacie knew it was getting worse when they received a call to evacuate. They took their elderly parents with them and left their house to head for somewhere safe. Stacie and her family are currently living in a FEMA trailer and trying to rebuild their home.

Stacie and her family were already emotionally spent from four deaths in the family prior to the flood. Despite trying to rebuild, they are having trouble getting in touch with contractors, making it a very slow process. Stacie is still in need of many household items and would like to replace the tools that were lost in the flood. To help rebuild their own home, her family needs a tool kit and table saws that were lost in the flood. They are also in need of sheetrock, appliances, beds, and many other items.

Help Stacie and her family rebuild their home and move back in faster by donating any of the items listed to the right.

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Peggy is no stranger to floods. She has survived them twice.

Peggy Riley had been bowling the day the flood was happening. When she came home the water was rising. Before she knew it her car was flooded and then her home. She lost everything and now has mold creeping up her walls to the ceiling.

She went to live with her sister which was over an hour drive from her work. This the second flood she has lived through and has been asking "Why me, again?". Peggy now has a FEMA trailer, but really wants to have a permanent home. She says someone is worse off and needs the trailer more than she does.

In order to move forward she needs the basics - pots,pans, dishes, bed frame, mattress, bed linens, towels, sofa, end table, lamps and microwave. Clothing- size 16 and Shoes 7 1/2. Lift Peggy up from another flood and help her get a permanent home by generously donating to her.

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Glenda just wants the blessing of having a home.

3:00 a.m. August 12, 2016. Glenda Thomas was sleeping peacefully in her bed after celebrating her 62?nd? birthday with friends. A school janitor for 28 laborious years, her husband a long time employee with Waste Management, she was looking forward to her upcoming retirement in September of the same year. She answered her ringing phone, her neighbor’s voice filled with worry. “Get up, Glenda. The water’s come in to Denham.” The water soon spread to the point that their front door couldn’t open. Glenda and her husband left through the back and were evacuated by boat, now living thankfully in a windowless apartment above the church they attend. Every single thing they’d worked their whole adult lives for was swallowed up in four and a half feet of water in a single day. I asked Ms. Glenda what she missed most about her home. “Having one” she said. They need flooring, windows, and help with painting before they get to the other things like appliances, bed, and table that make a house a home. She misses being able to peek out of a window to see the first light of day, being able to open a back door and go sit on her porch and watch the tiny hungry hummingbirds at feeders, tending to her yard and frying fish on Friday evenings with her husband on the back patio. Will you be a light? Will you choose one item you can donate to help return Ms. Glenda to her home?

Written by, Tara Cumings

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The dream of retirement is still alive after the flood.

Cheryl and her family had never experienced any type flooding where they lived in Livingston Parish. However, as the rain continued to fall during the August flood, they noticed water rising too rapidly. Within a half-hour Cheryl’s house had knee-high water. Knowing they had to get out, her family got to their boat and headed to save their elderly neighbors. As Cheryl and her family drove the boat through their neighborhood, they didn’t see many homes left above water.

Cheryl and her husband were close to retiring and the flood put them in debt. They completely lost their home and cars. Having to start over at retirement age has been a huge burden and extremely stressful for them. They are in need of several household items, listed to the right. Help keep Cheryl’s and her husband’s dreams of retirement alive and donate to help them live the rest of their lives peacefully.

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Restoring a Lost Heritage

The Cahills left their Port Vincent residence with minimal belongings. Flood waters encroached upon their home of more than four decades rendering sandbagging efforts futile. Mr. Cahill and his wife, who is battling dementia, escaped safely to their daughter’s home in Walker where they are still residing.

Flood waters rose to six feet leaving their home and most of their possessions destroyed. Among their loss was a vast amount of genealogy compiled by Mr. Cahill. They were devastated. Mr. Cahill is currently awaiting an estimate from a contractor. He’s concerned that the estimate may exceed the insurance claim and that his upcoming premium renewal may be canceled. Mr. Cahill longs to return home with his wife, whose condition has declined since the flood.

As the preservation of Mr. Cahill’s ancestry is important to him, so is the continuing of his own for future generations. The next chapter of the Cahill’s story can unfold beautifully with the restoration of their beloved home. Familiar surroundings can become a sanctuary for Mrs. Cahill. You can help them move forward with their restoration by donating one of the supplies listed. Your generosity helps to lighten the load, extend resources, and potentially restore one family’s heritage.

Written by, Rena Gunther

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Home is Where the Dog Runs Free

Edward “EJ” Lowrance and his wife, Emma, have lived separately since the flood left 18” of water in their mobile home in Ponchatoula. Edward and the couple’s black Lab are living with Edward’s aunt; Emma has returned to family out-of-town as the effects of the flood have been too much for her to endure. The couple has especially grieved the loss of their photos.

Some progress has been made, however, funds have quickly depleted. Their unfinished list includes the replacement of doors, one bathtub, and insulation. In addition, the couple’s furniture and much of their household items need replacing. Edward is discouraged, Emma remains in despair, and even the black Lab is depressed. While Edward determines to maintain his sense of humor, his desire is to return home with his wife where they can continue life together and their black Lab can roam free on their two acres of property.

The support of family and community has proved to be lifelines for the Lowrances. A little goes a long way with the help of others. You can help by purchasing one of the items listed. Your support is a compassionate endeavor in the reuniting of this couple and their dog and their return home.

Written by, Rena Gunther

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These Super-Humans need a real life Superhero

Prior to losing everything in the flood, Irby and Marie lived a happy life working as insurance adjusters for employees of local businesses. They were out of town visiting family when they got the call that the neighborhood was being evacuated by boat. They came home to clothes molded on the hangers, ruined wedding photos and only found a Superman ring that Marie purchased for Irby years ago. Irby wears the ring now everyday as a reminder to be strong. They eventually suffered the loss of their 10-year-old family dog because he ingested sitting water.

Their small handicapped apartment was helping the couple get back to good health after Irby suffered a broken back and Marie had surgery for cervical cancer. Now the couple is living in the very last available FEMA trailer before the program was halted. The couple is so appreciative of their FEMA trailer, but the contents were pieced together when they received it. They sleep on a double bed but need a Queen Sized bed, and the table in place for them to dine on is too small to accommodate them. They want to look for a home in their area again, but rents have risen $300 to $400 dollars. Clothes for each of them are a necessity, because they have found that the local thrift stores they can afford are sold out due to the need of most citizens in the area.

Can you be their Superman and donate one of these items?

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Funds needed to reunite a family

On August 13, 2016 Ty was involved in the Louisiana Flood. His computer business got 4 feet or water and his home received almost 2 feet, He lost his car.

His house is completely gutted and all his possessions are on the street. His wife and 2 year old are in Illinois with her parents until he can make his home toddler proof. It could be months before he sees them again.

Ty has a medical disability called neuropathy that severely limits him from walking or standing, so doing much of the work himself will be quit painful. Local contractors want $100k to rebuild. He has no savings and no retirement. FEMA isn't paying near what he needs to rebuild. Ty had no flood insurance as it wasn't required where he lived. He is at your mercy.

Update as of 3-11-2017
Ty's wife and 3 yr old are not coming back home. She's made up her mind to be a resident of Illinois. Ty has hired contractors that have stolen money from him. A sheet rock contractor double debited his bank account for twice what was owed. Chase Bank awarded him the amount anyway despite Ty's proof that he rewrote the contract and added things not negotiated. A second flooring contractor was paid almost $5,000 to put in new floors and fix or repair flooded cabinets. He skipped town with Ty's money. A painter only painted one coat and left missed spots and splotches everywhere. At this time the floors are 80% complete, sheet rock is up and there is one coat of paint. Ty says, ". I feel like I'm still living in a construction zone. Please help me anyway you can!"

Ty needs a hand. Let's help him!!

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Happily Retired Forced To Start Over

Sarah Campbell and her husband lived a happy retired life in their lakeside home, spending their days visiting friends and going to the local YMCA. The day of the flood they fled to their attic with their dog after the waters in their home began to cover the bed. Once in their attic, they reached out on social media asking for help, fearing they would drown. The Campbell family was saved when heroes from the Cajun Navy showed up by boat and transported them to the National Guard. Mr. Campbell recalls seeing their neighborhood quietly filled with water up to the porch lights on each house, and the lights still being on. The couple, who have both had hip replacements, slept on floor cots with their dog in a shelter for days following.

Since beginning the rebuilding process the couple has dealt with immense stress and anxiety. They are staying an hour and a half away and have stress working with contractors and repair estimators. They worry about the funds needed and fear possibly being taken advantage of in the process. They need doors, furniture, utensils, dishware, towels and clothing. They feel as if their lives are “up in the air”. Sarah just wants back the feeling of her home and the beautiful view out of the windows that they fell in love with when they first saw it years ago.

Can you be a hero and donate one or more items to help them feel at home again?

Written by, Suzanne O'Berry

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Ms. Janie is a survivor. With your help she will survive the flood.

Janie Bridges lives in Clinton, La. The Amite River in Clinton, La., one of the first areas to become ravaged by rising floodwaters, shoving several feet of river sand onto the land. Elevated 10 feet off of the ground, the camp still endured 3 feet of water. She was able to escape by boat. She was on the news as panic set in across SELA.
She is just a few feet away from the river. She moved there to start a new life. She purchased a mobile home, which cracked in half, never being able to move in. She then purchased the camp, elevated 10 feet off of the ground, to start over, yet again. Her strength and independence is admirable, as she was diagnosed with breast cancer in March, then fibroids and cysts.
However, as she returned to her humble 20x12 studio style home on leased land, she began to pick up the pieces and start over again. She lost everything. As everyone else on the river received prompt FEMA assistance, she was DENIED by FEMA and continues to appeal. She received money for her vehicle only. Overwhelmed with stress, feeling defeated for the first time, suffering with health issues and mold setting in, she gets a bladder infection. Yet, throughout this ordeal, she has still helped others despite numerous setbacks.
Funds are dwindling as she is faced with either paying her bills, rebuilding her life or replacing the transmission on her 2006 Nissan Exterra. This beautiful, humble, noble, kindhearted woman needs a hero, an angel or simply a hand up. Will you extend your hand to lift her up?

Written by, Windy Boudreaux

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Ms. Clark Overcame Snakes & Thieves. With your support she can overcome the flood.

Prior to the flood, Bobby Clark’s daughter had shoulder surgery. The daughter and her four children were residing with Bobby and her son when flood waters forced them out of Bobby’s home in Monticello of Baton Rouge. Unable to escape with their vehicle, they waded through waters surrounded by snakes. The family was eventually rescued by boat and brought to the daughter’s apartment where they continue to reside.

Bobby was disheartened when she returned home and discovered that thieves had added insult to injury by rummaging through her flooded belongings. She currently has a contractor working toward finishing a portion of reconstruction. Referred by FEMA, she obtained an SBA loan as her insurance policy was minimal because her home was not in a flood zone. Though there’s been some progress, Bobby is discouraged. Two bathrooms remain unfinished; exterior doors, air conditioning, electrical work, and plumbing are among her list that appears never ending. Progress is slow due to the contractor’s work load and just as one problem is solved, she appears to face another.

Since the flood, Bobby’s daughter quickly recovered from surgery. Her home reconstruction, however, has progressed slowly. With minimal funds, it appears there’s no end in sight. This can be remedied. Just as the help of many aided in rescue during the height of the flood, the purchase of one supply listed helps to move Bobby one step closer to home.

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Mr Nate urgently needs help

Nathaniel Lolis could be described as a fun-loving, good spirited Louisianan enjoying his retirement years with his neighbors in East Baton Rouge parish. At 70 years old, disabled, diabetic and blind in one eye, due to a failed cataract surgery, he just took life as it came and enjoyed being with his neighbors. The great flood of August 2016 was unlike anything he'd ever seen before and turned his once relatively easy going life, upside down.

When the August storm hit the water began to rise quickly. A friend tried to get to Nataniel by truck, but the water was starting to come up into the truck cab. After parking a distance away on higher ground, Nathaniel’s friend was able to reach him and pull him to safety through waist deep water. For six months after the flood Nathaniel was displaced and stayed with his sister. Everything in his home was lost.

In spite of losing many of his neighbors who were displaced due to the overwhelming devastation, Nathaniel has kept is positive spirit. Even surviving with no stove, no hot water, and no refrigerator, he remains active in service to those around him. He smiles at the goodness in so many people who have stepped up to help. Please donate some of the items he so desperately needs and you’ll see him smiling at the goodness in you, too.

Interview by ~Melissa Adair

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Mrs Idell needs everything replaced

“Restoring Peace and Home” When flood waters threatened the Baton Rouge home of Idell Hawthorne, 85, her son made the inevitable decision to leave her and find help. Through waist-deep waters, he returned with three men and a boat for her rescue. Idell, currently using a walker due to a fall and subsequent concussion last May, is residing in apartment housing for the elderly, unsettlingly, on a third floor.

Idell's 1960s built home of 39 years reveals critically needed exterior repairs. After her fall, she sought help from the Council on Aging and applied to a referred program but received no response. The flood was unforgiving—leaving 5' of waters wreaking further havoc on her home and destroying its contents including her beloved antique furniture. FEMA monies proved merely enough for gutting the home, spraying for mold, and some of the most dire exterior repairs. Progress, delayed due to the area's damage, has finally started. Among needs for the home's completion are obvious household items and furniture, appliances, doors and—due to the forced entry of trespassers post-flood—windows. Idell's return home additionally requires porch railing, handicap accessible bathroom, and the pressing overdue exterior repairs.

Idell's recent tour of the home, via volunteers, showcased their headway with sheet-rock and painting completed. Though battle-weary, she is hopeful and eager to return home. Your support via help with an item listed serves as a collective effort to restore beyond her loss. It is a generous endeavor that provides peace of mind and refuge for Idell.

Interview by ~Rena Gunther

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Be A Beacon of Hope

John Varmall woke his wife, Callena early the morning of the flood with orders to start packing. Their Baton Rouge home is elevated, yet the porch was flooded by 8:00 am. John assisted elderly neighbors and by the time they left, water had reached 3' in their home. They returned three days later through waded water to find their possessions floating and their home completely devastated.

John worked feverishly to gut and clean their home. FEMA funds used toward appliances and other supplies were quickly depleted. The couple is living in the home and working toward reconstruction. Sheetrock has begun but is not completed. Flooring, cabinets, and bathroom fixtures are among the list of items needed. Some furniture has been donated but the majority of their household items still need to be replaced. The couple is discouraged and John has been especially frustrated with the lack of progress and help. Callena is disabled and sleeps with a CPAP Machine. She is eager to have her home restored and begin cooking again. John tries to find humor in the journey as he jokingly recounts the effectiveness of Clorox bleach in the process of flood clean-up.

John and Callena have huge hearts for God and for people. Your support brings them one step closer to their home's restoration and potential to serve as a lighthouse to their community. You can partner with them by supplying one item listed.

Interview by ~Rena Gunther

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Be noble and help Judy and family get back on their feet

“Help and Hope for a Community” Judy Hood currently rents a mobile home near her Holden Residence. Her home has been family owned since the '60's. Although it was devastated by 4' of flood water, she's grateful to God for the safety of her elderly parents.

Upon her return home, she discovered that little was salvageable. Among her greatest losses were Bibles, yearbooks, photo albums, and industrial art furniture pieces designed by her brothers. After the flood, Judy discovered “cotton balls” in which a friend quickly revealed was mold. Staying in the home profoundly impacted her health. Judy is a cancer patient. Unable to eat for two weeks, her health declined and she fell ill with a bacterial infection. Although her health has improved, she remains on a breathing machine. Her home has been gutted and treated for mold; however, reconstruction has yet to begin. Judy has $15,000 in funds to complete the work. Her brother is eager to help, but without supplies, he’s concerned, as labor costs alone would quickly deplete the funds. Judy has two buildings which have yet to be cleaned out. The buildings served as storage of donations for single mothers, victims of abuse, and others in need.

In spite of health, Judy remains optimistic and eager to resume helping her devastated community. Your generosity extends beyond the help of one person. With the purchase of one item listed, you can help restore a home, family, and community.

Interview by ~Rena Gunther

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Be a hero for Elizabeth and her mother who lost their homes and income properties

Elizabeth suffered more than one loss from the flood. She got water in two rental homes which did not have flood insurance, and her mother’s house.

Luckily, on the day of the flood, Elizabeth was staying with her mother. She recalls the water rising quickly and beginning to get scared. Worried about saving her mom, who is 86 years old, Elizabeth went outside to see if anyone was around. A man on a 4-wheeler was the only person she saw as the water rose to their feet. She stopped him and asked him to take her mother to safety. He immediately picked up her mom and put her on the back of his 4-wheeler. “She wasn’t even upset,” Elizabeth recalls.

She stayed at her mom's house for a while longer trying to salvage some of the items in her home. A short time later, with water over a foot high, she and the neighbors were picked up in a jeep and brought to the church where she met up with her mom and family.

Elizabeth has a lot on her plate and is thankful her mom has been such a trooper through all of the displacement. Elizabeth still needs a lot of help with her rental homes, which she was planning on having for her retirement. They still need baseboards, flooring, cabinets and painting. Her mother’s home needs large appliances like a washing machine, refrigerator, and beds. They are also in need of volunteers to help with cleaning around her mom’s house. Elizabeth would be so grateful for even just volunteers to help clean up her mom’s house. Help make a difference to her and her mom and donate any of these items or your time.

Interview by ~LeighAnn King

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Flood survivors Tracey & Jerry need assistance with household items.

Tracey has lived in the Denham Springs area for 20 years and until August 2016, had never seen a flood. She and her husband Jerry awoke early Saturday morning to the Louisiana National Guard driving through their neighborhood with flood waters rising and advised them to evacuate, so they loaded all of their possessions into their their jeep and left. They headed out of their house without a plan but eventually found a hotel where they remained for a few weeks. When the water finally receded and they were able to come back to their home they discovered that they had 32 inches of water and all had been lost. They were forced to leave their 4 dogs behind because there was simply not enough room or time but somehow through a miracle they all survived! A good Samaritan found the dogs and came by boat regularly and fed them until the family could return. Tracey ended up paying $400/week for her and her husband to stay in a guest house which they found through friends. It was a huge financial strain on them to pay for the extra living space and to drive back and forth from the guest house to work and to their flooded house. They are now living in a camper while they work on their home. Tracey describes the living conditions as horrible. They have exhausted all of their financial resources just trying to get their home repaired and now have nothing left for the basic items that are needed to actually live in the house. You can help them by donating one of the items listed to the right.

Flood Victims

Call 225–289–3950 to request a household needs survey

CrowdRelief helps by creating a crowdfunding campaign to help you repurchase some of the household items lost in the Louisiana Flood. Read more about us and how crowdfunding works here.

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You can call 225–289–3950 to have a household needs survey completed.