Flood assistance heads to Denham Springs, La.

Published 7:00 am Saturday, August 20, 2016

Volunteers are gearing up to take truckloads of supplies to flood victims in Louisiana. 

Local resident Lee Cooley has helped organize the collection of hundreds of donated items as well as more than $4,000 in monetary contributions to buy groceries. 

“We’re just collecting stuff, it’s the people that are donating it that are doing the great deed,” Cooley said. 

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Cooley has a fleet of five or six military trucks that left Poplarville Saturday morning to deliver supplies to Amite Baptist Church in Denham Springs.  

Volunteers have collected about seven pallets of water, 1,200 hamburgers, 400 hot dogs, bags of clothes and other items to be donated. 

One of those trucks is filled with groceries, Cooley said. 

Knight’s Ace Hardware in Poplarville donated 80 gallons of bleach, 80 bottles of soap, cases of trash bags, toilet paper and other items. 

It’s a large group effort, Cooley said. 

People from all over north Mississippi, as far as Vicksburg and Hattiesburg have offered donations, Cooley said. 

One man from Vicksburg has filled a 16-foot trailer with just water, Cooley said. 

“It’s really coming together,” Cooley said. “It has exceeded my expectations.” 

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