What you can do to help the flood victims
By AMY BRENNAN
The good people of Tangipahoa Parish reacted with charity and grace to the plight of the suffering citizens of badly-flooded Houston, Texas.
As just one example, Ponchatoula’s Mike Whitlow, state coordinator for Operation BBQ Relief and president of the Tangipahoa Parish School Board, told The Times that Ponchatoula First Baptist Church donated two pallets of food. That included 300 Number-10 cans of vegetables and equal to 500 cases of food items.
Our Daily Bread donated three pallets of food, and a truck convoy of food was awaiting Whitlow’s signal to roll from Louisiana to Houston, including full refrigeration trucks.
What can you do to help? The list of needs for Operation BBQ Relief includes: Bread, Water, Fruit, Fruit cups, clam shell food containers, cutlery packs, full size aluminum pans and lids, and powder-free gloves.
Add to that anything you and your family are willing to donate through the Ponchatoula Volunteer Fire Department.
Anyone wanting to volunteer or donate may visit operationbbqrelief.org or email State Lead Mike Whitlow at: Louisianafirstname.lastname@example.org
Whitlow told The Times that if you donate money, “Twenty dollars will feed 20 people a full meal.”
Cash donations can be made at: www.operationbbqrelief.org
And the organization has a Facebook page.