Louisiana Flood Relief Drive Collects Thousands in Donations

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Teamsters spokesman Roy Gillespie says total donations from Friday morning’s KMOX collection drive for flood victims in Baton Rouge filled five, 53-foot trailers.

The effort was launched by KMOX’s Charlie Brennan and Executive Producer Peggy Cohill in cooperation with Teamsters Joint Council 13, the American Red Cross, and Lowe’s in Maplewood.

Gillespie says generous people and companies donated everything on the list including, “Major manufacturers like [St. Louis-based] Vi-Jon donated 500,000 bottles of hand sanitizer.”

Cash donations are still coming in, but the American Red Cross says the morning drive took in $15,000.

Glen from Oakville drew upon experience with flood recovery efforts in the St. Louis region to make his donation list.

“I understand what those people in Louisiana are going through,” he says, “and how much it’s going to mean to them to get these basic things that we take for granted – things like cleaning supplies and mops – because they’re looking at a long recovery.”

The weather is playing a role in when the donations will be delivered to Baton Rouge.

Gillespie says the trucks won’t be able to leave at least until next Tuesday until they know what the latest tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico will do.

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