Rolling Hills Ministries is ready to serve.
David Abernathy, CEO of RHM and regional coordinator for disaster relief, said while donations are needed, 65 individuals are also on standby, ready to assist with hurricane relief efforts.
“We’re not hearing much (from down south),” Abernathy said. “It’s so catastrophic, it’s just taking them a while to get their feet on the ground to see what they’re facing.”
RHM has a feeding station that is currently on standby. Abernathy said feeding stations from other states had already been sent to south Louisiana, but he suspects RHM’s will be sent in a second wave.
“We just need prayer for all those on the ground now trying to make a difference,” he said. “People see the here and now. They don’t realize the long haul this is. We’re not talking two or three days or a week. When we went to Florida after Hurricane Michael, we were down there for five weeks feeding. And then the recovery side of it takes even longer than that. We’ll be sending teams in and help with that, too.”
Three shower units that RHM donated were already in South Louisiana when Hurricane Ida hit.
“We gave away three of our shower units to two different entities in south Louisiana,” Abernathy said. “They went to instant use. We got to thinking, where are they always used? Always in south Louisiana. We thought we could just give them to an organization who didn’t have the funds to buy one.”
RHM’s laundry trailer is already at use at Lake Bistineau State Park, helping Hurricane Ida evacuees there.
Rolling Hills Ministries is also looking for donations for Hurricane Ida relief.
A variety of items are needed, including items for work crews, for food, and for hygiene are needed.
For work crews, buckets/plastic bins, dust masks, water hoses and nozzles, flashlights with batteries, rakes, shovels, brooms, bug spray, sunscreen, utility knives, two-quart Clorox, Lysol, Pine Sol, medium duty type gloves, and brushes for cleaning are needed.
Food supplies such as napkins, paper towels, Ziploc bags, paper or Styrofoam cups, snacks, breakfast foods, Gatorade, Powerade, plastic utensils, apples, oranges, and bananas are needed.
Hygiene items such as diapers, basic toiletries, germ/hand wipes, towels, rags, toilet paper, bar or bottle soap, laundry detergent, first aid ointment, band-aids, hydrogen peroxide, and feminine hygiene products are also being accepted.
Trucks will be dropping off items in South Louisiana at various times, and a disaster relief crew will be leaving next week to assist with recovery efforts.
Donations can be dropped off at the Ruston location, 3487 Hwy. 33.
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