Hearts of Hope gathers supplies for flood victims

Hearts of Hope gathers supplies for flood victims
Volunteers help out with flood donations photo credit: WDAM
Volunteers help out with flood donations photo credit: WDAM

COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - A non-profit organization in Columbia is collecting flood donations to bring to people in Baton Rouge.

Members of the Hearts of Hope organization got up early Sunday morning to start filling their trucks with supplies

"We are trying to spread the message and the goodwill, you know," said volunteer Zack Guidroz.

The volunteers spent hours in front of Walmart asking for donations from shoppers at the store.

"These people have truly lost everything, and every little bit helps," said shopper Deanna Martino.

The volunteers know what it's like to go through a tragedy after a tornado damaged their community in 2014.

"We've been in the same state they are in," said Hearts of Hope founder Carlton Thornhill. "Maybe not as bad as they are in, but when the tornado came through here and these pockets that were hit were so devastating, people had nothing and had to start over."

The organization plans on filling two trailers with supplies to bring to Louisiana on Wednesday.

"It gives you such a sense of hope, and that's what we are doing when people are giving us stuff because we are jut their arms and legs and just passing this on, and it's done out of love," Thornhill said.

The organization plans on traveling to Baton Rouge, Zachary, Walker and Woodville to drop off supplies.

If you want to make a donation you can go to their Facebook page.