Nebraskans giving back to Baton Rouge, Louisiana flood victims

Posted By: Kelsey Murphy

Devastating flood waters blanket the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area.

Water levels rising so high, houses are covered, people’s homes are ruined.

A few Nebraska church charities want to help give back.

"Anything that we can provide to help them get their lives back on track shows compassion, but it is also good for us to be able to help somebody else in a time of need," Todd Seifert, Great Plains United Methodist Church, said.

The Great Plains Conference United Methodist Church is collecting flood buckets to deliver to Baton Rouge.

They are asking you to fill 5 gallon buckets with house hold cleaning supplies, such as dish soap, dust masks, and insect repellent.

You can deliver the buckets to their conference office, near 33rd and Superior.

St. Vincent DePaul is working to give back as well. They are trying to fill a truck, located outside 22nd and O Street, with similar supplies.

"There are no supplies down there, stores are bare, so even a scrub brush will help people get the mud out of their house," Denise Dean, St. Vincent DePaul, said.

Catholic Social Services plans to collect and give back at a later date. They are taking furniture donations to help flooding victims re–furnish their homes after thousands of victims had to throw almost everything out.

"You never know when you are going to be affected by a disaster and we are one people and we want to help those in need, so this is a great opportunity to help those who are less fortunate,” Curt Kruger, Catholic Social Services, said.

Donations can be dropped of at their office near 22nd and O Street.

All of the churches and charities are also excepting cash donations.

Here is a list of the items needed:

? One 50-ounce bottle or two 25-ounce bottles of liquid laundry detergent.

• A 12- to 16-ounce bottle of liquid cleaner that can be mixed with water (no spray cleaners).

• A 16- to 28-ounce bottle of dish soap.

• One can of aerosol or pump air freshener.

• A 6- to 14-ounce aerosol or spray pump of insect repellant.

• One scrub brush with a plastic or wooden handle.

• Eighteen cleaning wipes (please, no terry-cloth towels).

• Seven non-cellulose sponges.

• Five scouring pads (nothing with soap built in).

• Fifty clothespins.

• One 100-foot or two 50-foot cotton or plastic clotheslines.

• A 24-roll of heavy-duty trash bags, 33 to 45 gallons of capacity.

• Five dust masks.

• Two pairs of dishwashing gloves (durable enough for multiple uses).

• One pair of work gloves with either a leather palm