UVA Law Students Collecting Donations for Louisiana Flood Victims
UVA Law School, photo courtesy of Wikipedia
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -
Students at the University of Virginia are collecting donations to send to people impacted by the devastating flooding in Louisiana in August.
They're rallying classmates and the Charlottesville community to come to the aid of communities around Baton Rouge.
The University of Virginia Student Bar Association is leading the Wahoos for Bayous campaign. Their page at GoFundMe has raised nearly $700 so far toward a $5,000 goal.
The students will send those donations to the United Way of Southeast Louisiana.
Louisiana’s governor says last month's catastrophic flooding did more than $8.7 billion in damage. Floodwaters damaged more than 55,000 homes and 6,000 businesses.
“We're removed, but at the same time the environment touches everyone. We could just as easily have a bad snowstorm, a bad thunderstorm, something that would affect us and we would want community to rally to help us get back on our feet. So I think it's empowering to know people from thousands of miles away can care about you and can help you,” said Josh Freda, a third-year law student at UVA.
The Wahoos for Bayous organizers are encouraging students, faculty, and community members to contribute to the campaign. They're also collecting supplies at the student bar association office in the law school until September 16.