Local bakery and deli spearheading relief effort for Louisiana flood victims
Cell phone video from Jeremy McLin shows the devastation in the Livingston Parish in Louisiana. He said almost all the homes and businesses are still covered by water.
"They’ve lost everything they’ve owned. We’re just all trying to come together and make it through this," McLin told Local 6.
The former Paducah businessman now lives in Louisiana and talked to us via FaceTime about the recovery effort, which he believes will take months with many streets and schools still saturated with rain. It’s his second major flood cleanup after living through Hurricane Katrina.
"I think once in a lifetime is enough. Two is definitely too many," he said of his experiences.
Help is on the way. McLin’s close friends, the owners of Paducah’s Kirchhoff’s Bakery and Deli, cooked up the idea to send supplies.
"We’re trying to help him out with his plea for help," said co-owner Ginny Kirchhoff.
She is taking your donations, including cleaning products and pet food. She will hand deliver them this weekend.
"There’s a lot of bad going on in the world right now, and you got to show people giving and doing good is what needs to happen in order to change it," Kirchhoff said.
"It means a lot to me that the relationships and friendships I built when I lived in Paducah have been long lasting, and those guys are reaching out to help us now," McLin told Local 6.
Kirchhoff’s is taking supplies until 3 p.m. Friday.
Northwest Tennessee Disaster Services is also taking donations. To learn more about its effort, click here.