By Pat Prescott

Over 40,000 displaced flood victims in the Baton Rouge area are in need of our help and some caring Southern Californians are on a mission to do something about it. Norwood Clark, one of the owners of the popular Darrow’s New Orleans Grill in Carson has teamed up with the Salvation Army to contribute to the Louisiana relief effort.

Norwood stopped by our studios with Major Osei Stewart, General Secretary of The Salvation Army Southern California Division and Anthony Begonia, Director of Entertainment Industry Relations to talk about what they’re doing and how we can help.

Norwood has partnered with Reunite America and The Salvation Army to raise awareness and funds. They started their efforts with a fund raiser at the restaurant this past Sunday. Norwood saw first-hand how the Salvation Army responded to the Hurricane Katrina disaster and is pleased to work with them in the wake of this latest tragedy.

We talked about what’s happening there now and what the real needs are. The Salvation Army goes into places where there’s a need for help, whether it’s physical, emotional, medical or spiritual. Some of the devastation that goes along with flooding is startling. Anthony was in New Orleans post Katrina and he says that even though nine of their ten facilities in the Baton rouge area currently affected were damaged, their relief efforts continue. Corporations and private citizens are all finding ways to help. Osei spoke of some of the specific needs but emphasizes the fact that when people donate funds it’s easier to meet those needs, which vary from family to family.

For Norwood, this effort is personal. His Dad’s family is from Baker, Louisiana, which is a suburb of Baton Rouge. He has family members who lost their homes in the flood and had to be rescued by boat. He says the one thing people really need right now is to know that others care about their plight.

Donations are definitely needed and there are a number of ways to give. The Salvation Army has already done a great deal to help but there is so much more that needs to be done. Consider making a donation and remember to keep the people of Louisiana in your thoughts and prayers.

Join the movement and donate!

Call: 1-800-SALARMY (1-800-725-2769)
Text: STORM to 51555


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