Flood Bucket Challenge: Local non-profit collects items for LA flood victims

Flood Bucket Challenge: Local non-profit collects items for LA flood victims

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - It's been over a week since the devastating flooding in Baton Rouge, LA.

The Red Cross is calling it the worst natural disaster to strike the country since Hurricane Sandy back in 2012.

Today, a local non-profit organization in Savannah called Dream Campaign is collecting supplies to those who are in desperate need.

They're putting together Disaster Relief Buckets for those whose homes were devastated by the most recent flooding in Louisiana.

The founder, Morgan Paddock, resides in Savannah but calls Louisiana home. After visiting her family and seeing the destruction following the flooding, she knew she had to help.

"I can't hear that my home state and friends and family are struggling and not do something," Paddock said."We are Christians we believe that the Bible tells us to care for our neighbor. When someone is in need, we help them."

Some of the items they're collecting are clothesline/ clothes pins, liquid household cleaners, bug spray, trash bags, and work gloves - but those are just a few of the items needed to fill up the donation buckets.

Paddock says she will also include homemade cards with each bucket. She hopes that while the buckets can serve a tangible immediate need to people, there can be a greater message received across state lines.

"We are personally going to put on a trailer drive to the affected areas in Louisiana and personally pass over to people, real people, and families to say we are here for you. We are rooting for you. We are praying for you. We are with you and so are people in Savannah," Paddock said.

Paddock plans on hand-delivering the buckets those victims in the Ponchatoula, Denham Springs, and Baton Rouge areas.

She has set a goal of 40 buckets and is asking for help from the public to meet and exceed that goal.

Flood Bucket Challenge:

Buckets or supplies can be dropped off at 1806 Reynolds Street during the listed dates/hours:

Friday,1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Monday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Donations are tax-deductible and can be made through PayPal to morgan@helpmedream.org.

Paddock stresses that if people are not able to bring supplies, but still want to help, they can sponsor a bucket for $65.

She will also be holding a session on Sunday from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. to put together the buckets before driving to Louisiana with her husband Thursday morning.

For more information, dial 404.242.3372.

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