Denham Springs couple returns home with supplies for other flood victims

Published: Aug. 18, 2016 at 5:52 PM CDT|Updated: May. 17, 2018 at 2:43 PM CDT
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Donations brought to Lafayette from Shreveport-Bossier City (Source: John Kay)
Donations brought to Lafayette from Shreveport-Bossier City (Source: John Kay)
Water line in John Kay's garage (Source: John Kay)
Water line in John Kay's garage (Source: John Kay)

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Earlier this week, we introduced our viewers to a selfless couple who collected donations to take down to flood victims in the Baton Rouge area on their way home.

Thursday, we spoke to the couple about what they encountered after they returned home.

"I think that a lot of people are finding a lot of strength that they never thought that they had throughout this process," said John Kay.

Earlier this week, the couple collected donations in Shreveport and Bossier City to take down to flood victims in the Baton Rouge area, wanting to help out in any way they could.

"As we were driving in, we saw boats in parking lots, furniture, people's belongings, everything they owned on the streets in front of their house," said Kay.

John Kay and his wife Amanda knew they would see devastation when they went home to Denham Springs in Livingston Parish. Their own home, had 5'5" - 6' of water in it.

"Our wood floors were all ripped up by the flood itself, and we even had fish in the house," said Kay.

But they were never concerned about their own situation. Instead, they have been doing everything they can to help other flood victims.

Wednesday, a trailer truck and another large van packed full of donated items the Kays collected in Shreveport-Bossier City were taken to four different shelters in Lafayette.

"Everyone is focused on Baton Rouge, several places here have kind of started turning folks away from dropping off supplies, for the time being. Lafayette, especially some of the smaller shelters, is where there's a great need. At least much larger than it is in Baton Rouge. Baton Rouge still needs supplies, but that's where the focus has been, so we decided to put our focus in the Lafayette area, and just help out with whatever we can there," said Kay.

The Kays were unable to take the supplies to the shelters themselves. A State Representative helped take the supplies around, who passed along what they saw when they dropped off supplies.

"At some of the places there were reports that when they were unloading the diapers from the trailers, mothers were running out and grabbing them crying thanking them because their child hasn't had a clean diaper in quite a while," said Kay.

The other thing they have seen, is the human spirit, people coming together to help others. His brother-in-law came in from Lafayette to his neighborhood, to cook Kay's entire street dinner. And they have one request.

"Don't forget about South Louisiana next week. It's going to be a months and years long process to rebuild. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers, and anything that you can do to assist a local charity down here," said Kay.

Kay says they have started the long rebuild process on their home. He also thanks everyone who helped donate supplies to other flood victims in South Louisiana.

Another large truck the Kays organized will be leaving this weekend from Bossier City to take more supplies to South Louisiana.

Donations can be dropped off at Acadiana Mortgage at 1017 Benton Road in Bossier City until 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19.

Items accepted are as follows:

  • Clothing
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Sheets/pillow cases
  • Toothbrushes
  • Small Toothpaste (sample size)
  • Shampoo (sample size)
  • Soaps
  • Feminine products
  • Diapers, baby wipe, formula
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Non-perishable food
  • Brushes
  • Combs
  • Moisturizer
  • Hair clips, headbands and ponytail holders
  • Lotion

Pet items accepted are:

  • Blankets
  • Towels
  • Dog and cat food
  • Laundry supplies
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Leashes
  • Harnesses
  • Kennels

Those donating pet items are encouraged to mark the donations as "For animals."

For information about other drop-off locations, click here.

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