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How to Help Victims of Hurricanes Laura and Delta

October 13, 2020

The aftermath of Hurricane Delta is seen Saturday Oct. 10, 2020, near Jennings, La. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP, Pool)
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The aftermath of Hurricane Delta is seen Saturday Oct. 10, 2020, near Jennings, La. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP, Pool)
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With the arrival of Delta, residents along the Louisiana coast are experiencing their second hurricane just six weeks after Laura's punishing blow. They need help.

Here is a list of agencies that will be assisting hurricane victims.

First, here are a couple of tips on how best to help disaster victims:

Cash is king. After seeing destroyed homes and people who have lost everything, we may be tempted to donate clothing, food, bottled water or other supplies. Aid organizations say donations like that often create logistical nightmares and more expense. A financial donation can be spent on what is needed most at that particular moment.

Know to whom you are giving. Charity scams abound after natural disasters. Give to trusted, mainstream organizations. If you are unsure about a group, check it out at the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance, the Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or GuideStar.

Now, here are ways you can help the victims of hurricanes Delta and Laura:

American Red Cross

Help people affected by Hurricane Delta by visiting redcross.org, calling 800-RED-CROSS or texting the word DELTA to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations directed toward Hurricane Delta enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster. This includes providing food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support and other assistance. If you have the time, you can make a significant impact as a Red Cross volunteer. Review the most urgently needed volunteer positions at redcross.org/volunteertoday.

United Way

United Way of Southwest Louisiana is accepting donations and looking for volunteers. It has set up a fund to support both short- and long-term relief efforts. You can text LAURA to 40403 to donate, or do so on their website.

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Salvation Army

After serving more than 400,000 meals in response to Hurricanes Laura and Sally, The Salvation Army is now preparing for Hurricane Delta. You can donate on its website to help provide food and other supplies.

Samaritan's Purse

Samaritan’s Purse is looking for volunteers to help families remove downed trees, clear debris, tarp roofs and salvage personal belongings. For more information, visit SPvolunteer.org.

All Hands and Hearts

All Hands and Hearts deploys volunteers to disaster sites to help with cleaning, rebuilding homes and creating a long-term recovery plan. You can donate to its hurricane fund or sign up to volunteer.

Americares

Americares has a fund to support its deliveries of medicine, personal protective equipment and medical supplies to disaster areas.

Mercy Chefs

Mercy Chefs is serving chef-prepared meals from 12-6 p.m. daily at Life United Church, located at 1800 E. College St., Lake Charles, LA 70607. This is the second time Mercy Chefs has served in Lake Charles in recent months, following a two-week deployment after Hurricane Laura when Mercy Chefs served 97,000 meals and distributed 30,000 grocery boxes. To support Mercy Chefs in its current relief efforts, visit mercychefs.com/hurricane-delta/

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