Actor Wendell Pierce Loses ‘Everything’ In Louisiana Floods But Still Helps Others
Louisiana native and “The Wire” and “Treme” actor Wendell Pierce’s home was destroyed by flooding in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 11 years after his childhood home was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.
Pierce was literally at a loss for words when he was asked about it by a TMZ reporter on Monday at LAX airport.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do,” the stated. “I just lost everything.”
A noticeably shaken Pierce called the destruction “a private pain” in the video. He says he was just coming from Baton Rouge and returning to the city soon. But that’s all he offered up in that brief encounter.
At least 11 people have been killed and more than 20,000 have had to be rescued since Friday in some of the worst flooding the state has ever seen. About 40,000 homes have been affected by torrential rain and devastating flooding in southeastern Louisiana, which Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has called “unprecedented” and “historic.”
Eleven people have died and President Obama declared a federal emergency in the state on Sunday.
Yet, even with all of that pain, Pierce took to twitter and didn’t think about himself. When asked by a follower how people can help him, Pierce simply said,
“Help the people of Louisiana: American Red Cross – Baton Rouge/Louisiana Chapter (225-291-4533)Baton Rouge Food Bank (225-359-9940)”
After Katrina, Pierce was very visible in the effort to rebuild and worked on several projects to help with New Orleans’ recovery, including opening the Sterling Express convenience store and Sterling Farms supermarket in the city.
“My neighbors & I have flooded in Baton Rouge. I am reminded of the generosity given to my family during Katrina. Now we will care for you”
If you feel for the people of Louisiana and want to help, here’s a few ways to get involved:
You can donate to the Red Cross at redcross.org, by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or by texting “LAFLOODS” to 90999.
United Way of Southeast Louisiana is accepting donations including toiletries, cleaning kits, infant products and pet products to help families recovering from the flooding. You can find where to send goods online at www.unitedwaysela.org
Second Harvest Food Bank, a Louisiana organization, says it is sending thousands of pounds of food, water and cleaning supplies to the flood victims. The group is accepting supplies and nonperishable food as well as monetary donations. Visit Give No Hunger to donate.