RIO GRANDE VALLEY, A non-profit organization is bringing in hundreds of volunteers to assist recent flood victims in the Rio Grande Valley, and they are looking for more families to help this evening.
Nearly 500 RGV families affected by flooding have asked for assistance through Crisis Cleanup, a web-based platform which brings non-profit organizations together to help people in need.
The Jesus Christ Church of Latter Day Saints is one of those organizations answering calls for help.
Locally, they have been helping since day one, but now it’s a regional effort.
“We were doing little bits, but once he said go to work, now all of a sudden you got Round Rock and San Antonio, Austin, Corpus, and they are coming down to help us,” Says Duran Elkins the Jesus Christ Church of Latter Day Saints Chapter President.
This past weekend nearly 250 volunteers came to the RGV to help in delivering assistance to nearly 150 homes.
“Their houses, some of them, had as much as three or four feet of water, and these are a lot of the poorer families,” Elkins continued.
Many volunteers will come again this weekend and residents can still ask for help through the crisiscleanup.org website. Organizations say many residents were concerned they would be charged for the help.
“It’s all free. It’s all completely volunteer run and that’s all our groups do,” Says Loren Dykes of Crisis Cleanup.
Chapter President Duran Elkins says it’s not just his organization that is assisting and add they are grateful for the opportunity to help.
“There’s good in everybody. All you have to do is ask,” concluded Elkins.
Residents still needing assistance can still sign up at crisiscleanup.org.