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Outpouring of support for flood victims from those who went through Katrina

Outpouring of support for flood victims from those who went through Katrina.(FOX 8 Photo) Outpouring of support for flood victims from those who went through Katrina.(FOX 8 Photo)
METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) -

There's a tremendous outpouring of support for flood victims in South Louisiana from those who went through Katrina who want to give back.

There was car after car filled with donations at Lafreniere Park Thursday night. 

"I was a victim of Katrina and Baton Rouge helped us, so, I figured the least I could do was, you know, gather some clothes together," said Terry Stouder.

"We were just fortunate. Some of our family were affected in Livingston, and Baton Rouge gave back to us during Katrina, so, just felt pulled by the heart strings," said Lydia Vaughn.   

Now, organizers will be able to take not one but two 18-wheelers full of donations to our neighbors. 

"People are bringing things that they know they needed when we were in this situation so great generosity," said Jefferson Parish Councilwoman Jennifer Van Vrancken.  

"It's just for everybody to come together and show that we do have a lot of caring for what happened because we've gone through it ourselves and help out by collecting all these things," said Jefferson Parish Councilman Ben Zhan.  

From dog food, to diapers, to detergent, thousands of dollars in donations will soon make their way to flood victims in Ascension Parish. 

"We're trying to hit our closest neighbors which is in Ascension Parish," said The Patrons of Lafreniere Park Chairman Chad Pitfield. "To see people actually buying brand new products, receipts are still in bags that are coming out here to help our neighbors." 

And, you'll find a similar sight in Orleans Parish, people are dropping off pet supplies at Camp Bow Wow in Mid City. 

"Yesterday we literally filled a truck full, a U-Haul truck came in, we stacked it with food and everything," said Austin Thompson with Camp Bow Wow Mid City.  

It's clear those who went through Katrina will never forget the help they received when faced with unimaginable devastation. Now, they're giving back and they're doing it in a big way.

Donations will also be accepted Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau on St. Charles Avenue and at the Sigur Civic Center Auditorium in Chalmette from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Camp Bow Wow Mid City will also continue to take pet supplies. Those donations will go to the Louisiana State Animal Response Team. 

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