NEW HAVEN, Conn., Aug. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Knights of Columbus has taken a leadership role in assisting those affected by flooding in and around Baton Rouge, providing both active volunteer assistance from Knights in the region and a $200,000 donation to the local diocese.
The Knights also sent $30,000 to their State Council in Louisiana, which is coordinating relief work by local Knights there.
In the past week, the Knights of Columbus has raised more than $250,000 for flood relief.
"We have seen incredible generosity from our members," said the organization's CEO, Carl Anderson. "The funds we raise will go directly to help those affected by this tragedy, and working closely with the Catholic Church and our Knights in Louisiana, we will continue to make a real difference in the lives of the people of the Baton Rouge area."
Knights in Louisiana have been actively preparing and distributing pallets of food and water, as well as bleach and other cleaning materials. In addition, local councils are running soup kitchens to feed thousands of people each day.
Southern Louisiana is suffering the aftermath of what is being described as the worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Tens of thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes, and at least six people have died. More than 30,000 people have been rescued from flooded homes and vehicles, many of whom are now seeking refuge in emergency shelters.
Contributions can be made online at www.kofc.org/flood.
Donations via check or money order can be sent to: K of C Christian Refugee Relief, Knights of Columbus Charities, P.O. Box 1966, New Haven, CT 06509-1966.
Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Knights of Columbus Charities Inc. is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a charitable organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, and 100 percent of all donations collected by Knights of Columbus Charities Inc. will be used for disaster relief.
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