In the midst of posting about my visit to New Orleans last week, I neglected to acknowledge the tragic flooding happening in Louisiana.

The effects from the flooding continue to devastate.

So I'm going to take this post to express something I communicated on social media in the last few days. I will go back to my regularly scheduled posting next week!

Why Post About the Flooding in Louisiana?

It pains me to hear how many have died and the tens of thousands left homeless after recent (and ongoing) flooding in Louisiana.

I visited New Orleans just last month where I constantly heard and saw remnants of the tragedy that befell the city in 2008 from Hurricane Katrina.

History repeats itself now with little media (or government) attention around the 20 inches of rain that fell between Aug 11 and 14 in and around nearby Baton Rouge.

I love you, Obama, but the extended vacation and lack of response to the crisis happening there is reminiscent of GWB's slow response and overall neglect during Katrina. Ouch.

I may only have a few loyal readers on this blog and across my social media, but I feel compelled to do my part and get the word out anyway. It's the least I can do after Louisiana treated me so well.

How can you help with the Louisiana Flooding?

Don't just send your prayers. Don't just send "positive thoughts." Send GOODS and MONEY.

Send needed supplies (listed below) to various Louisiana locations.

Text the word LAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation - it will appear on your next phone bill or be deducted from your prepaid balance. Alternatively, visit the Red Cross website to make a donation of a higher amount or to VOLUNTEER.

What food relief items should you send to Louisiana?

Cleaning supplies, bleach, mops, buckets, shop rags, tarps, rubber gloves, work gloves, baby food, formula, diapers, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, sports mix for water, duct tape, totes, 1 gallon Ziplocks, new in package socks, peanut butter, ready-to-eat snacks, fruit chews, hard candy, protein bars, breakfast bars, plastic snow shovels, heavy-duty trash bags.

NO BOTTLED WATER.

If anyone has any additional info to share, please do so in the comments!

Thanks!