Who is Hussain, a non-profit organization that seeks to inspire people through the timeless example of Hussain ibn Ali to bring positive change in the world, visited Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales on Aug. 21 to donate 5,000 water bottles and clothing items to flood victims. The social justice and action organization also assisted with the Louisiana flood relief effort.
"Our communities were horrified by the news coming in from the various nearby cities in Louisiana, and we wanted to play our part and help our neighbors where we could," said Hana Alkhafaf, a volunteer with the Who is Hussain New Orleans chapter. "Launching a collection was the first step - we reached out to family, friends, mosques and anyone else we could, to ask them to donate items or money towards helping those in need. Alongside collecting funds, several of our volunteers wanted to go out there to assist at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center which is a stationed Red Cross Shelter, to directly help those affected, and to see what more we can do to help.”
The recent storms and flooding in Louisiana has resulted in severe devastation with 13 recorded deaths, an estimated 40,000 homes damaged and 70,000 registering for federal disaster assistance. With more than 20 inches of rain in the state capital, Baton Rouge, people are in dire need of service and support, with thousands staying in shelters.