By Rikki Klaus, WSB-TV
ATLANTA – Atlanta-area law enforcement agencies and an Atlanta news station have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for the flood victims in Louisiana
Channel 2 Action News partnered with law enforcement agencies to collect donations for families affected by historic flooding in Baton Rouge.
The original goal of the drive was to fill two semitractor-trailers with supplies to go to Louisiana flood victims who lost everything.
“We brought diapers, dog food, baby wipes,” said donor Michael Moore.
Moore was watching Channel 2 Action News Sunday AM when he heard about Convoy of Care. His daughter Cleo agreed they needed to get out of the house and give back by donating supplies to Louisiana flood victims who lost everything.
“My daughter and I, we always try to do something at least once a week, so this kinds of fits into giving back,” Moore said.
Law enforcement officials say they planned the weekend collection of items like toiletries, baby formula and toothpaste in just three days.
GEMA, Channel 2, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and Georgia State Patrol are just a few of the organizations that partnered on the effort. The response was a sight to see.
Channel 2 had to order up a third truck to fit all the donations.
“Overwhelming. We have had our lines out to the street, to Ralph McGill all day,” said Atlanta police Deputy Chief Rodney Bryant. “The people of Atlanta the metro area have been phenomenal.”
“The combination of everyone coming together is what matters, right? But it feels great,” Moore said.
The trucks plan to leave for Louisiana on Wednesday.
Convoy of Care organizers expect to receive items from nonprofits in the meantime.
The people in Louisiana will be preparing over the next few days for the thousands of items collected this weekend.