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Sikeston groups organizing collection effort for Louisiana flood victims

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Groups in Sikeston organized collection efforts for those affected by the Louisiana flood.

The Sikeston Rotary Club and Spread Hope Now filled two trucks with more than $80,000 in donations to be taken to Baton Rouge.

The trucks left for Baton Rouge on Sunday. They are expected to arrive at Acacia Church on Monday morning.

Organizer Rick Lovall, a pastor of Sanctuary Church and a member of the Sikeston Rotary Club, says the idea for the project came together at Tuesday’s Rotary meeting.

“We decided we could do something, but we never imagined it could be this big,” Lovall said.

Lovall says Sikeston partnered with Rotary Clubs in Gulf Port and Slidell, La.

He has family members in those clubs, some who were directly affected by the flood. Lovall says from talking to them he knows how much supplies will help.

"When I called them and told them what was happening, there was silence, they were crying. That really shows you how much, these are people that gave so much during Katrina and now people are giving back to them," he said.

Corporate donations alone have already surpassed expectations, Lovall says.

“I had estimated about six to seven thousand in product and maybe three to four thousand in cash. But as it stands right now $43,000 in product and really have just now started receiving it from the community.”

Donors with large product contributions so far include the Food Bank of Southeast Missouri, Procter and Gamble, Do It Best, Orgill.

The companies provided items like food, water, baby formula, and cleaning supplies.

Now, the groups are collecting items from the public.

Organizers will be at MRV Banks at 920 S. Main St. in Sikeston throughout the weekend.

Sunday afternoon, the truck will ship out for Louisiana.

In the meantime, Lovall says he’s touched to see so many people come together for a greater cause.

“It’s awesome to watch it happen.”

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