(JNS.org) The Chabad center in Baton Rouge, La., has started a donation fund to help victims of the massive flooding that has hit the region over the past few days.
Rescue efforts continue after parts of the area were officially declared federal disaster areas, more than 10,000 people have been displaced into shelters, and four people were killed. More than 20,000 people have been rescued across the state, USA Today reported.
“Baton Rouge, Louisiana and the surrounding areas have been hit by historic floods over the last few days. People have lost their homes, cars, are out of work, and need food, clothing and shelter. Chabad, although only open one year, has many contacts here, specifically in the Jewish community, some of which have seen major devastation. It is our job to reach out and help in any way we can,” stated Chabad on a crowd funding page it set up via gofundme.com.
“We have setup this fund to help with immediate things such as food and clothing for people, as well as funding to help people get setup with temporary apartments or pay for hotels while they deal with their home clean up."
"Many of these people have been shocked by the loss of everything. Chabad's fund is here to give them a little relief to get them on their feet. It is time come together as a community, as we have seen in the past, and help out a fellow person,” Chabad stated.