Posted: Mar 3, 2012 7:07 PM by Chris Welty
Updated: Mar 3, 2012 7:15 PM
A massive storm system stretching from all the way down here in the Gulf, north to the Great Lakes leaves 38 people dead across five states.
The past 24 hours have been filled with destructive, deadly weather for much of the country. Luckily we were spared here in Acadiana, but from Georgia, north to Ohio, many are seeing their neighborhoods destroyed.
At least 38 people are dead, hundreds more are injured, including a baby girl in Indiana, found alone in a field 10 miles from her home.
Here at home, many are stepping up to the plate to help our neighbors to the north.
We've been seeing some incredible footage from across the country as these deadly twisters rip through different towns and cities. One Acadiana man after seeing that video the night before says he couldn't sleep and decided to open his heart to send relief to those in need.
Within a matter of seconds, hundreds of lives were changed across the country as deadly twisters tore through, and Acadiana was watching.
"It hurts to see something like that and that's what I had to do, get out there and try to do something."
Floyd Anderson and his wife's home is now a staging area for donations, collecting everything from bottled water to clothes.
"I have a lot of sympathy for all of these people. I can't even imagine how they are able to carry on. I do a lot of praying for these people," said Delores Anderson.
Saturday morning, Anderson called several of his friends to donate and asked them to call others. Dozens answered the call, and so far, several hundred dollars has been collected, many contributing whatever they can.
"It is the least I can do. I can't go there and help them. If you can't give your time, it takes a little money, not a lot. Just look at all the water they've gotten. Something as simple as water. We really, really are fortunate and my heart goes out to these people," said Renee Landry.
If you would like to help the tornado victims, you can contact Floyd Anderson at 337-873-4722.