The Canton Seventh-day Adventist Church in North Georgia is raising money to help victims of devastating floods in Louisiana.
Two weeks ago record rainfall saw rivers overtop levees, leading to widespread flooding in over 20 parishes. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards' office has estimated that 60,646 houses were damaged
President Obama toured the affected area, pledging government aid, but warning that it would not be enough. “Federal assistance alone is not going to be enough to make people’s lives whole again, so I’m asking every American to do what you can to help get families and businesses back on their feet,’’ he said.
USA Today reports that more than 100,000 individuals and households have registered for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which has approved more than $127 million in assistance.
Very few Louisiana residents have flood insurance, and many households lost everything. Among them are the Broussard family (Roger and Cheryl Broussard, their three children: Michelle Broussard Raborn, Christie Broussard Creighton, and Roger Lee Broussard, and six grandkids).
The Broussards from Prairieville, Louisiana are long time members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and are graduates of Bass Memorial Academy in Purvis, Mississippi. The Canton Adventist Church has started raising funds to help the family after they lost everything.
From the Canton Adventist Church website:
Last week’s flooding has destroyed all four of their homes and possessions, as well as rental properties they used for their livelihood. Their homes were positioned on high ground so they had no flood insurance, and due to some technicalities, only one of the homes qualifies for Federal Disaster Relief from FEMA. All four families have lost pretty much everything they own.
Canton Adventist Church is hoping to raise $40 thousand to help the Broussards begin to recover.
Donations are being collected through the Adventist Giving online portal with 100% of funds going directly to help the family.
The congregation in Canton has raised money for community members with specific needs and shares the stories on the church website. The website also includes photos of the flood’s aftermath. Those interested in contributing to this effort may do so there.
Jared Wright is Managing Editor of SpectrumMagazine.org.
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