Thousands of south Louisiana residents lost everything in the flood, and the Salvation Army is taking donations to help the people who were affected. Capt. Brett Meredith is the Commander of the Salvation Army of Greater Baton Rouge. He says every donation helps.

“You can bring everything from toiletries to new clothing to diapers to formula to pet things that are needed,” Meredith said.

Meredith says during disasters they only accept new items, not things that are gently used. He says it’s important to remember that flood victims in the hardest hit areas lost literally everything they own.

“Monday morning 40,000 homes weren’t able to go to their underwear drawer and pull out underwear, and it’s very personal. It seems it’s one of those things we take for granted,” Meredith said.

Meredith says 100% of donations go to the flood victims. All monetary donations can be made by texting STORM to 51555. He says the Salvation Army continues to distribute goods, even though their facilities in Baton Rouge took on water damage as well.

“What’s been difficult for the Salvation Army is we lost 9 buildings that won’t be usable for months. Most of our facilities are gone, and so we’re working out of temporary facilities,” Meredith said.

The Salvation Army will distribute truckloads of goods and supplies at Cortana Mall today and tomorrow.