The online donation campaign CrowdRelief is working to replace items families lost in the floods. Founder Rob Gaudet says all the household items that were piled up on the side of the road after the flood need to be replaced.
He says flood victims can fill out a survey online, and then a CrowdRelief volunteer will meet with them to hear their story and take pictures of their rebuilding.
“We’ll also write a compelling story about what you experienced and what you’re going through right now. What we’re trying to do is create a connection between potential donors and the people who really need their help,” Gaudet said.
Once approved, the site lists specific items that flood victims need replaced next to the story of the family seeking help. Gaudet says donors can visit the site and find a family they connect with. He says they can then donate specific items they need.
“It’s kind of like a wedding registry, where a newlywed couple gets married, and they need to get started. Well, a lot of these folks are in the same boat, they’re starting over. So it’s like a wedding registry, but more a disaster registry,” Gaudet said.
Gaudet says over 120 flood victims have already completed the initial surveys, and they’ve raised over $1,500 for the first two families who are on the website. He says the call center based in Lafayette, and the whole organization, is operated by volunteers. He says the campaign is changing the lives of both flood victims and volunteers.
“It affects the people we’re helping, but it also really affects us as individuals and our team. That’s why the people that are helping in the way that they are,” Gaudet said.
To donate or apply for assistance, visit CrowdRelief.net.