OPELIKA, Ala. — An east Alabama hospital is collecting items for Louisiana flood victims.

The East Alabama Medical Center is holding a community response flood relief drive for hospital employees affected by the floods in Louisiana last month, the Opelika-Auburn News (http://bit.ly/2bL3IrE) reported.

Clothing donations won’t be collected by the center. But the center will be collecting cash, household items, toiletries, cleaning and school supplies, pet food, cases of water and more for a Sept. 13 visit to Louisiana.

“A hospital is the center of the community. What better example than to have our hospital spearhead this community-wide event,” said Laura Eason, EAMC chaplain. “Those hospitals are the center of their communities there. Schools and businesses can close during a time like this, but hospitals can’t close.”

An estimated 150,000 homes across south Louisiana were ravaged by the floodwaters.

Eason came up with the idea to reach out to the Opelika-Auburn area for flood relief came into fruition after seeing a story on Facebook about a Tennessee hospital, which sent supplies to hospital in affected areas.

Donations are expected to be sent to seven hospitals in Baton Rouge, she said.

“There are seven hospitals where the employees have lost everything,” she said. “We found out what those employees needed. They’re used to getting clothing, and that’s not what they needed.”

Eason said Home Depot has agreed to help collect donations. She hopes Auburn University, churches and other will get involved.

“We know the Opelika-Auburn community is extremely generous,” she said. “People are very surprised because of how small our community is, and that we want to help them. If it were reversed, we would be calling them.”

A donation pod is setup outside the EAMC Learning Center.

“People are hurting,” said Lisa Ruffin of the Cornerstone EAMC employee assistance program. “They’ve lost everything. They’re trying to get their lives together.”


Information from: Opelika-Auburn News, http://www.oanow.com/