American companies are stepping up to help victims of the recent Louisiana flood, which dumped over 6 trillion gallons of rainfall into the state’s southern tier and destroyed more than 50,000 homes this month. Retailers, including Target and Walmart, have provided aid to organizations assisting affected communities.
Target contributed $400,000 to help Baton Rouge communities impacted by this natural disaster. One-fourth of the retailer’s funds ($100,000) will be donated to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army to help with shelter and relief efforts. Other contributions included donating more than $100,000 of food to local food banks, providing $20,000 in gift cards to vicinity non-profits for recovery supplies and funding $30,000 to local schools damaged by flooding.
Target team members are also volunteering throughout this national crisis. With more than 1,000 team members and six stores in the affected region, Target team members are helping each other and their communities rebuild after the Louisiana flood.
“We’re extremely proud of our team members’ efforts, not only as volunteers, but also in making sure our stores closest to the disaster areas are ready with needed supplies,” Target chief corporate social responsibility officer Laysha Ward said. “We’re honored to work with incredible partners like the American Red Cross and Salvation Army to provide relief and comfort during the response and recovery.”
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation also assisted with Louisiana flood relief efforts, last week pledging $500,000 to local organizations in affected areas. The retailer on Monday contributed an additional $1 million to other community groups, including Convoy of Hope, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and Team Rubicon. With a total donation of $1.5 million, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will contribute supplies to victims, in addition to aiding long-term recovery efforts.
“Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this disaster. We have been working closely with non-profit partners, first responders, elected officials and governmental organizations to learn how we can use our strengths to help,” Walmart Foundation president Kathleen McLaughlin said. “We will continue to be there for our friends, family, fellow associates, customers and neighbors in Louisiana.”
For more information on donations and volunteering, the Better Business Bureau has provided a list of credible Louisiana flood relief charities.