On Wednesday, September 6, KSLA News 12 partnered with The Community Foundation of North Louisiana to collect and distribute money to organizations directly helping victims of Hurricane Harvey. In total more than $38,000 was raised.
The Community Foundation of North Louisiana has been in contact with both the Greater Houston Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana who are both playing a direct role in the relief efforts of their respective communities. The money raised during the relief event will be divided evenly between the two organizations. Community foundations are able to deploy philanthropic dollars to organizations aiding with the greatest needs.
On September 6 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. monetary donations were collected in person and online. During that time period $9,035 was raised for relief efforts. As the day came to a close, The Community Foundation announced it would match all donations made that day. That increased the total amount raised just more than $18,000. Several days later, a donor of The Community Foundation contacted The Foundation to donate and additional $10,000 to each of the community foundations aiding in relief efforts from Harvey.
General Manager of KSLA News 12, Joe Sciortino stated, “As a media company, we know that our job is to report on events like Harvey. But seeing the devastation and watching all the families displaced, we knew we wanted to do more. The KSLA team is so grateful to our community for helping our neighbors in Texas and Louisiana. Their response is exactly what I love most about living here. Great people.”
The Warrior Network also collected cleaning supply donations at the KSLA News 12 studios on Fairfield Avenue in Shreveport and at John Harvey Toyota on Benton Road in Bossier City. All of the supplies collected were given to volunteers assisting with cleanup efforts in Beaumont, Texas.