How to Help Those Affected by Unprecedented Flooding in Louisiana

West Virginia Floods 2016

June 29, 2016. Clay, West Virginia. Red Cross volunteer Marie Loyons serves hot food to Mary Nichols. The Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle is at Clay High School at a community relief distribution point to assist flood victims from Clay, West Virginia. The vehicle contains 300 hot meals of chicken dumplings and mixed vegetables, along with pudding or a cookie for desert. Photo by Daniel Cima for the American Red Cross

Thank you to all who have reached out regarding how to help those affected by massive flooding in Louisiana. Many have asked how they can donate goods to support the families impacted. The American Red Cross does not accept or solicit small quantities of individual donations of items for emergency relief purposes. Items such as collections of food, used clothing, and shoes often must be cleaned, sorted, and repackaged which impedes the valuable resources of money, time, and personnel that are needed for other aspects of our relief operation.

The Red Cross, in partnership with other organizations, suggests that the best use for those types of donations is to support needy organizations within donors’ local communities.

How to Help

People can donate by visiting or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these disasters.

For more information about Red Cross response to disasters, please visit

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