Lifting up Louisiana Residents Affected by the Flooding

By author of Brow Tines and Backstrap

Helping Those in Need

People coming together to help. (Photo courtesy of Kinion Bankston)

News coming out of Louisiana with the recent flooding is terrible. It’s heartbreaking to see the amount of loss many people are suffering. It’s times like these when people must come together and help their fellow man. I’m proud to say that’s exactly what’s happened throughout the last couple weeks.

Reports are saying nearly 90 percent of the effected area was severely flooded. Other reports say that while 75 percent of flooded areas have receded, a significant portion is still flooded. And even the areas that are no longer flooded are mostly destroyed.

We received a call from Kinion Bankston, founder of Southern Boyz Outdoors, telling us how widespread the damage is. Families without food. People without shelter. Drinking water is minimal. Homes destroyed. But many have come to their aid.

Non-profit organizations such as Operation BBQ Relief — and other people and groups — are feeding people on a large scale. By Saturday, they’ll have fed 250,000 meals in a 150-mile radius, centered in Hammond, Louisiana. They’re sending them to churches and shelters in surrounding communities to hand out.

They certainly need the help. Kinion told us the entire town of Albany — where he’s currently cooking for and serving near — was flooded. He expressed that helping his community is of the utmost importance right now.

Many others in the Realtree family — to many to thank here — are doing their part and helping Louisiana. Signature Products Group (SPG) — a company that makes Browning hunting apparel — has jumped on board with the flood relief. Southern Boyz Outdoors, Realtree Camo Graphics, Trained Assassins TV, Archer's Choice with Ralph and Vicky Cianciarulo, and many more in the Realtree family have jumped in and helped, too.

Lousiana residents gathering at a shelter. (Photo courtesy of Kinion Bankston)For those of you interested in helping, Kinion asks you turn your attention to Operation BBQ Relief. To donate, text “donateobr” to 41444.

For those who hunt deer in Louisiana, it’s still unknown how the whitetail population has been affected by the recent flooding. The Louisiana DNR conveyed they will assess the damage to the herd and release a statement in September. We’ll provide an update in Brow Tines and Backstrap when we learn more.