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Shoals residents asked to help flood victims in Louisiana

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FLORENCE, Ala. – Five years ago this past April, a nation rallied around Alabama after tornadoes ripped through several communities. Local volunteer organizations are now rallying behind Louisiana, spearheading supply drives for them.

Days after an EF5 pushed through Hackleburg, Phil Campbell and on through north Alabama, a warehouse in Russellville began to fill up with supplies.

The United Way of Northwest Alabama helped organize efforts then to help residents. Executive Director Beth Haddock said it’s time to help those in need in Louisiana.

“These people, they’re in the same boat as we were in, only just all of their things are destroyed by water and mold. It’s just devastating,” stated Haddock.

Haddock has been working with Capital United Way in Baton Rouge to put a list together of supplies residents need. The clean-up and rebuilding process is no small task, and residents can use some help.

“Things like tarps, cleaning supplies. Obviously they are cleaning up the mud up, trying to clean their homes up and so it is going to take a lot of mops, buckets, and cleaning supplies. But also think about all of the things that they had for the households that had children,” Haddock explained.

A Shoals trucking company has donated the truck, fuel and a driver to deliver the goods to Baton Rouge.

Below is a list of supplies which are needed by flooding victims.

  • Laundry Detergent
  • Tarps
  • Adult Diapers
  • Buckets
  • Mops
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Shockwave (to kill mold)
  • Bug Spray
  • School Supplies
  • Empty boxes/containers

There will be a drive thru-style drop off in the parking lot of the Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum on Friday, August 26 from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.

United Way’s mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of the community to create a lasting change.  For any health or human service need, please call 2-1-1, United Way’s 211 Information and Referral hotline. This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If any additional information is needed please feel free to contact United Way at (256) 764-5892.