NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans are setting up a joint effort to provide relief efforts for victims of the recent flooding in Southeast Louisiana. The two organizations are teaming with the American Red Cross, the United Way and the Second Harvest Food Bank of New Orleans/Southeast Louisiana, assisting each respective charity with their efforts to assist flood victims. Those efforts include providing relief and rebuilding efforts, shelter, food and water collection and distribution and long term assistance.
"It is tragic what has happened and is happening across so much of our region and state now. The thoughts and prayers of our organizations are with the thousands of victims affected by the flooding," said Owner Tom Benson. "Relief efforts are difficult with continued flooding and road closures and we are witnessing the dire need for massive relief efforts across very large areas of our state, particularly in the Baton Rouge area. The needs of our fellow residents are paramount and obvious at this time. The Saints and the Pelicans, as we have done before in times of need, will be here to help in countless ways. We strongly encourage those that are able to do so donate their time, necessary relief items and, if able, financially."
The Saints practice facility lobby, located at 5800 Airline Drive in Metairie will be used for collection points for the public from August 17th through August 25th, during regular business hours. Collection will also take place during the Saints open training camp practices. Items collected will be non-perishable food items and other flood-related items including infant supplies, toiletries and every day use items.
Members of the Saints and Pelicans administrative staffs will sort through the donated items, for flood victims on August 17th. On August 18th, they will volunteer at the Second Harvest Food Bank's Community Kitchen, where packaged meals will be distributed to flooding victims. They will then volunteer with the American Red Cross in Baton Rouge on August 20th and 21st.