Decatur group aids in Louisiana, Mississippi flood relief

Decatur group aids in Louisiana, Mississippi flood relief
Volunteers work to help others in need. (Source: WAFF)
Volunteers work to help others in need. (Source: WAFF)

DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - It takes more than old clothes and shoes to recover from a natural disaster.

The United Methodist Church Disaster Warehouse is collecting items to send to flooding victims in Louisiana and Mississippi.

The group is asking for items like box fans, extension cords, and shovels to help repair homes.

"The reason we're doing it is simply because people are hurting, people helping people being the hands and feet of servants. " Ray Crump, Disaster Warehouse organizer

Many volunteers even make infant caskets due to the babies who don't make it due to their parents' drug use or natural disasters.

Those along with buckets full of more than $50 worth of supplies are sent to emergency management agencies in the affected areas.

Those who volunteer act out the golden rule and help people in need just like they would hope to be helped.

"I tell people it's like if your house was blown away, you would want somebody to show up and help you. So that's what it's all about getting ready, so that if we can be a service to those who need it at the time they need it, not six months down the road, but tomorrow." John Montgomery, volunteer

The warehouse welcomes individuals and groups like boy scouts or youth groups to be a part of reaching out to other areas.

The warehouse is collecting the following items to aid those in Louisiana:

  • Two and three-gallon garden sprayers
  • Box fans
  • 25 inch grounded extension cords
  • Flat billed shovels
  • Two-wheeled wheelbarrows
  • Yard rakes
  • Leather gloves with cloth backing

You can drop off your donations at the United Methodist Church Warehouse drop off box in Decatur and they will be sent to those states in need.

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