UPDATE: Wooden Shoes Trucking, of Poquoson, have donated a 53-foot tractor trailer and a driver to take the donations to Baton Rouge this weekend. Now, organizers of the donation collection say they need more community support to fill the truck.
YORKTOWN, Va. (WAVY) — Three businesses on the Peninsula are collecting donations, from rubber boots to canned goods, to send to Baton Rouge after deadly floods hit the city last week.
The capital city in Louisiana received more than three feet of water in less than three days, starting last Friday. Officials say at least a dozen people have died and more than 40,000 homes are in disrepair.
Eric Bailey, who owns Landscapes By Eric, says he decided to step up and provide the victims some relief. Since then, W.M. Jordan Construction and Langley Federal Credit Union Warehouse, 4824 George Washington Memorial Highway in Yorktown, have started accepting donations on his behalf.
Bailey says his mother-in-law lives in Baton Rouge and has been impacted by the recent weather.
“She had a couple of feet of water in the house,” said Bailey. “She just bought a brand new car about two months ago and it was destroyed.”
Bailey plans to make a trip this weekend, but he says he doesn’t want to go empty-handed. He started collecting items at his office Wednesday. By close of business, he filled the lobby of his office with donations and raised more than $1,700 online.
He says the donations will support all victims living in the Livingston Parish.
“We just live in a great place,” he said. “It’s been all day. People coming in and calling, wanting to know when they can bring stuff. It’s just wonderful.”
Tom and Patty Kelly, of Yorktown, dropped off water, toilet paper and dog food Wednesday night.
“It’s a shame what they are going through, and it’s going to be a tough road to recovery. Anything we can do to help,” said Mr. Kelly.
Bailey hopes others in the community will find it in their hearts to help.
He says there’s a need for air mattresses, socks, batteries, rubber gloves, rubber boots, mops, brooms, empty spray bottles, masks, bleach, bug spray and sponges.
Bailey is also looking for someone to lend their large truck in order to haul the donations to Louisiana this weekend.
Those interested in contacting Bailey can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (757) 869-4955.
Drop-offs are being accepted through Friday at 5 p.m. at Landscapes By Eric, which is located at 2911 George Washington Memorial Highway, Yorktown, Va. 23693.
Those wishing to make a financial contribution can visit Bailey’s online fundraising site by clicking here.