This past weekend, I visited Poseyville’s Red Wagon Restaurant for an impromptu dinner with several friends and relatives. On the way inside the building, I stopped to talk with Lela Wells, a local nurse. She had a small area near the doors, set up for collecting items to be shipped to the flood victims of Denham Springs, Louisiana.
She'd had several donations already of physical items. Inside the restaurant, a locked collection box was gaining steady deposits from guests as they visited the cashier’s station in the gift shop.
Lela spent several hours Saturday explaining to customers what sort of items are desperately needed for town of Denham Springs, where 90% of the residents have been left homeless. The response was favorable and many folks wanted to do whatever they could manage to help.
In trying to keep with indie-media sources to include in this post, I found some excellent coverage of the Denham Springs flooding produced and published by indie-videographer, Aaron Colona, also known as YouTube's Dev/Null. With his permission, I've included it below for you. I hope you'll not only watch the video, but will also consider subscribing to his YouTube channel. He's a talented fellow and he'll appreciate your interest in his work.
Lela and other tri-state medical professionals have already worked together to get crucial medical supplies to Denham Springs residents, some of whom are insulin dependent diabetics. Now she and others are working to gather items to be delivered via two trailers in the Red Wagon parking lot. She stressed that building repair items are another crucial need for the residents and noted that the nearest hardware stores have elevated prices on items such as drywall. Here, in the Indiana-Kentucky-Illinois tri-state, the materials can be purchased at up to $3.00 less per unit. It's their hope to fill up both trailers with as much drywall as they can fit into them before hauling them to Louisiana.
The Red Wagon has been hugely supportive in helping with the donations. They not only allowed for the trailers to be parked in their lot but also gave diners a 10% discount card off their meals purchased through Saturday evening. The serving team was very helpful in advising diners of the discount, passing out the cards and also letting guests know of the indoor money-box available for currency donations.
Below a few of the serving team is pictured that worked the Saturday evening shift and sporting their Get Cajun! tee-shirts.
Where, what and how
To help you get more familiar with this effort, a Facebook page (Tri-State Flood Relief for Denham Springs) has been established to help broadcast information for the collection efforts and to house needed data about the donation centers, what monies are being collected for specifically and what items are needed.
Below is a breakdown for you of area participants that are involved in the relief effort.
In Posey County, monetary collection boxes are available at the following...
If you'd rather go the immediate route and make a fast and easy monetary donation, you can do so via the following websites established by churches in the Denham Springs area...
Christ's Community Church of Denham Springs has a specific section of their website designated for flood relief assistance. You can get to it by clicking here or click on the image below.
You can also make donations via The Oaks Church of Denham Springs who has a similar, specific area to lend support to the flood victims.
Click here, or on the image below, and then click on the Disaster Relief Giving banner to be taken to the online donation area.
Beyond the monetary assistance, time spent in prayer for Denham Springs is appreciated. I've been amazed at the resilience and beautiful testimonies I've seen coming from the residents there, people who have lost pretty much everything they own. Insurance policies are often a tangled mess to get through in disaster situations and money can't replace precious heirlooms or lives. The attitudes displayed in random interviews have been positive, full of hope, thankfulness and gratitude.
If you're able to provide both prayers and financial or other types of donation assistance to the Denham Springs flood relief, I extend my personal thanks to you, and I'm certain it's echoed in the hearts of the Denham Springs residents. Thanks as well for helping to spread the word about relief efforts for Denham Springs in your own areas.
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