September 30, 2020 | 2:50 p.m.
Springfield, MissouriThe Convoy of Hope Disaster Services team has been busy for the last month. In addition to our continued COVID-19 pandemic response, we have been responding to Hurricanes Laura and Sally along the southern coast and wildfires across the northwest.
After more than a month since Hurricane Laura, the town of Lake Charles, Louisiana, still has streets lined with debris and many families continue to live with severe damage to their homes. The town’s power has been restored and some businesses are opening up, but there is still a lot of need. Convoy of Hope has delivered more than 2 million pounds of relief supplies and served more than 142,000 people across Louisiana, and we continue to deliver food kits.
Hurricane Sally caught many off guard, strengthening to a Category 2 hurricane very quickly before making landfall. It dropped immense amounts of rain that led to severe flooding, peaking at up to 30 inches in some areas. As people continue to deal with the storm’s damage, Convoy of Hope is serving the affected areas through our Southeast Program Center in Louisiana.
Wildfires continue to blaze across the northwest, burning hundreds of homes and forcing evacuation orders for more than 70,000 people. Convoy of Hope is shipping relief supplies to help those who have had to leave their homes. Already, thanks to your support, we have served more than 23,000 people with more than 500,000 pounds of supplies.
We cannot do this without you. Your support makes all the difference to those whose lives have been turned upside down in the last month, while also living within a global pandemic. You can help by donating at convoyofhope.org/donate or by building hygiene and baby care kits.