B’nai B’rith International has sent disaster relief aid to Baton Rouge, La. to help flash flood victims. In mid-August Baton Rouge, La. received 19 inches of rain, and some other areas of Louisiana got at least 30 inches in one day. Many are calling it the worst natural disaster in the United States since Hurricane Sandy. Thousands of homes, schools and businesses have been destroyed.
Harold Steinberg, chair of B’nai B’rith International’s Disaster Relief Committee, is representing B’nai B’rith in cleanup activities in conjunction with aid group NECHAMA on Monday and Tuesday. B’nai B’rith presented a check of $15,000 to NECHAMA, to help rebuild not only Baton Rouge, but other areas impacted by a natural disaster. Our donation, along with funds from other donors, will help NECHAMA purchase a supply truck that will be used to bring supplies, tools and other equipment.
We also donated disaster relief funds of $4,400 to the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana (A+PEL) to purchase new school supplies that were destroyed in the floods. B’nai B’rith also donated to A+PEL a selection of books from the B’nai B’rith Diverse Minds Writing Challenge, a contest where high school students write and illustrate children’s books to help elementary school children celebrate tolerance and diversity.
B’nai B’rith has regularly provided disaster relief at the local, national and international levels since 1865. In spring of 2016, B’nai B’rith opened a Disaster Relief Fund for the wildfire victims in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada and for the victims of the earthquakes that occurred in Ecuador and Japan.