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Local couple organizing donation effort for flood victims

Loading an 18-wheeler of supplies for Louisiana residents


September 01, 2016

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    A Bulloch County couple is spearheading a local effort to fill an 18-wheeler with donated supplies to be delivered to the victims of Louisiana flooding.
    John and Debbie Bowen Lessard have already begun filling the truck with nonperishable food, bottled water and other items needed by the flood victims.
    The Lessards are working with Household of Faith in Louisiana as part of a nationwide effort, Ms. Lessard said.
   
Donations may be dropped off at the Outreach Center at 515 Denmark Street in Statesboro, she said. Times for drop-off are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
    “We plan on having the truck on the road to Louisiana by Sept. 9,” said volunteer Curtis Gay.

    “As we all know, many people have been affected by the flooding in Louisiana,” Lessard said. “Many are homeless and have lost everything. There is a great need for supplies to be distributed among the lost and hurting. There is so much we can do.”
    In addition to nonperishable foods and water, items needed include Powerade and Gatorade, m
ops and buckets, infant care items, toiletries, toilet paper, paper towels and other paper goods.
    Also, cleaning supplies, pet food and supplies, bedding, bleach, shovels, wheelbarrows, brooms, squeegees and fans.
    Thirteen people died and tens of thousands have been rendered homeless due to the floods, according to USA Today reports.

 


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