Local business helps those devastated in Louisiana floods

Local business helps those in Louisiana
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A local Jonesboro business is working to help those in need after the devastating flooding in Louisiana.

Gearhead Outfitters started a shoe drive Monday for flood victims in Louisiana.

Seth Freeman, the store's manager, said the drive started after speaking with a representative with Brooks Running.

"Our Brooks Running sales rep is from Louisiana and she notified me asking if we could maybe help out with any donations of any sort she said shoes would be greatly appreciated," Freeman said.

Freeman said the rep explained how bad the damage was and how some are in desperate need of shoes.

"We were emailing back and forth, and she stressed how much damage there was and she kind of compared it to Katrina and the aftermath of that," Freeman said.

Freeman said Gearhead was happy to help, and he knew their customers would be willing to help as well.

"Even though we have rain going on here I know it is a completely different story down there for those folks, and it is just a great way for Gearhead to be involved and give back to that area and that community down in Louisiana," Freeman said.

After announcing the drive Monday on Facebook, Gearhead has already received donations from people.

Freeman said it is amazing to see how giving the community is for people in need.

"Seeing the community get involved even though it is hundreds of miles away, it has been really encouraging for that to take place and also we have been taking donations ever since yesterday and it has been really well received all around," Freeman said.

People looking to donate to the shoe drive can drop off donations at any Gearhead location including those in Northeast Arkansas, Northwest Arkansas, Central Arkansas and even their location in Louisiana.

The drive will go until Monday, Aug. 22.

Freeman encourages anyone with old shoes to try and take the time to make it out to Gearhead and drop off shoes.

"Take the time to kind of put yourself in their shoes honestly and if you have anything from shoes that are seven years old give them to us and that way we can distribute them," Freeman said.

Freeman said he hopes this drive can help people who have lost everything.


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