Fans give $40,000 for flood relief at LSU vs USC
BATON ROUGE - People who attended the football game between LSU and the University of South Carolina gave generously to flood relief efforts in that state this past weekend.
The American Red Cross chapter in Baton Rouge said fans gave more than $40,000 to the more than 40 volunteers collecting donations at Tiger Stadium.
"Fans had their wallets open, checks written and stories to share," said Merri Alessi, executive director of the American Red Cross in the Louisiana Capital Area.
Alessi said many people making donations had experienced their own losses in the past to flooding or hurricanes, and said they remembered what it was like to see other people around the country stepping up to help them out.
The game was moved from USC in Columbia to Baton Rouge because of historic rainfall which caused more than a dozen deaths and forced the campus closed for a week. Donations made to the Red Cross will provide for shelter, food, relief supplies, health services, emotional support and other services for recovering South Carolina residents.
Alessi said the gameday collection nearly tripled the fundraising effort for the 2013 Oklahoma tornadoes at a Super Regional at Alex Box between LSU and Oklahoma.
People who still wish to donate can visit RedCross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Checks may be made out to American Red Cross and sent to the office at 4655 Sherwood Common Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70816.