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Friday, 09 October 2015 13:25

Disaster Relief Appeal for Louisiana

Fueled by drenching rainstorms, massive flooding in Louisiana has damaged and destroyed many homes and buildings, with some 70,000 persons reportedly displaced. Described as “mammoth” and “catastrophic” flooding, conditions were caused by huge rainfall.  For example, Baton Rouge received 19 inches of rain in 15 hours.

The magnitude of the storm was described by the American Red Cross as the  “worst natural disaster in the United States since Hurricane Sandy” in 2012.

Recovery is expected to take months, and the lack of good communications is still causing issues in finding information and victims.

The Grand Lodge of Louisiana reported that two Lodge buildings have been heavily flooded, and the building of the Scottish Rite Valley of Baton Rouge, which houses an additional three Lodges, incurred significant amounts of flooding and damage.  Many Masons and Masonic families are among the 70,000 displaced.

           

 The Masonic Service Association (MSA) has established a Disaster Relief Fund for Louisiana, with all donations received to be transferred directly to the Grand Lodge of Louisiana for distribution to those in need. 

Please forward to the MSA such donations, which you feel appropriate to help our devastated Brothers, their families, and others in this stricken jurisdiction.Please make checks payable to MSA Disaster Relief Fund and send to: Masonic Service Association, 3905 National Drive, Suite 280, Burtonsville, MD  20866. When remitting funds to the MSA in response to this appeal, please mark checks, “Louisiana Appeal.”

            Also, donations may be made on MSA’S webpage – www.msana.com -- with the use of a credit card.  Such donations allow relief funds to be available sooner.

            MSA is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization.

            Thank you very much for your help.

           

             Most sincerely and fraternally,

             George O. Braatz, PGM

             Executive Secretary