Churches, Charitable Organizations Sending Food to Hurricane Victims

Churches, Charitable Organizations Sending Food to Hurricane Victims

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Alex Cabrero ReportingHelp for hurricane victims is pouring in. A benefit concert will play tonight on NBC, the Red Cross and Salvation Army are doing their parts, and the LDS Church is among several religious groups lending a hand.

Even in Slidell, LA, the effects from the lake were devastating. People still need a lot of help. There’s no doubt boxes of food are in high demand, and many are stepping up to give it away.

Richard Long, LDS Bishop’s Storehouse Manager: “The need is just unbelievable.”

Richard Long, from Pleasant Grove Utah is the manager for the LDS Church’s Bishop’s Storehouse. In Slidell there is a storehouse and it’s packed with food. All of it will go to those who need it most.

Richard Long: “As additional trucks come in with additional supplies, we’re distributing those almost as fast as we can get them in.”

But even with all these supplies, the need along the Gulf Coast is probably 1,000 times greater. One truck arrived from Salt Lake City this morning with lots of food, like beef stew from Ogden, chili from Murray, and pork and beef from Lindon.

Richard Long: “Those supplies are really critical for this area because of the devastation that you see around here.”

The devastation in Slidell is significant. There are trees down everywhere, power transformers lie in roads, homes are underwater, and boats are found in the middle of the road.

Richard Long: “You can’t even describe it. The pictures that you’re seeing, the images on television, they try to show what’s here, but the emotion is what the people feel. It breaks your heart at the same time, but they’re gonna overcome this.”

Already there are signs along the roads in Slidell businesses that read, ‘Don’t Worry, We Will Return.’

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