Hometown Heroes: volunteers assist flood victims - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Hometown Heroes: volunteers assist flood victims

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

When Lake Area residents found out our neighbors to the east were having record flooding problems, it took no time to get mobilized.  From private citizens getting their boats together to rescue stranded residents to Boy Scouts helping to distribute food goods, volunteers were there. Mike Beer is Scout Executive and CEO of the Calcasieu Area Boy Scouts of America.


"When there are problems and challenges in our community, it becomes more of an opportunity to serve and step up. Looking at the civic clubs in town: Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions. A majority of them were Scouts growing up. It goes back to an opportunity as a kid to help someone who is elderly.  Or to do a food drive."

"It's just part of our culture and who we are. At the root of it, volunteering is just people helping people. In Louisiana and especially SWLA, it's really how we were raised."

United Way of SWLA president and CEO Denise Durel says volunteering can take all shapes and sizes. From business people organizing shipments of supplies to the flood damaged areas to Boy Scouts canceling plans for a campout to help with food distribution.

"We had a troop out of Moss Bluff that gave up a fun weekend out in Texas.  They decided to work at a relief center out in Crowley." 

"It really is something that we need to be mindful of as parents, that we make sure that we're teaching our children that great gift that was taught to us about how important it is to help each other and volunteer in our community."

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