Paying it back: Northport mayor collecting donations for Louisiana flooding victims

NORTHPORT, Ala. (WIAT) — The effects of the flooding in Louisiana are being felt close to home.The mayor of Northport has relatives impacted by the storms and so Bobby Herndon decided to collect donations to help people displaced in disaster areas.

Herndon spent Tuesday loading a U-haul truck with donated supplies to help flooding victims. Dozens of people have been stopping by to drop off clothing, food items, bottled water and pet food to name a few. Herndon is asking folks to bring whatever items they can to help storm victims in Baton Rouge.

“Personal  items like, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, feminine products. clothes, towels. Back in 2011 we got lots of help from folks in Hammond, Louisiana after we got hit by the tornado. So it is our turn to pay it back,” Herndon said.

The mayor is accepting donations until 7 a.m. Wednesday morning. He will then drive the truck down to Hammond. Northport resident Bob Wilson says it’s just the right thing to do to help those in need.

“What I am giving is just a little thing, but if everybody does a little thing that will be big. And I saw this in the paper what the mayor was doing and I think it is great,” Wilson said.

When Bobby Herndon arrives in Hammond Wednesday, he will meet with the parish president to determine where to set up to hand out the items for victims.

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