In October, it was LSU coming to the aid of the residents of Columbia as bad flooding hit the city. Now, South Carolina is looking to do the same as the city of Baton Rouge, which was flooding after heavy rains over the weekend.
The university announced a collection of items that will be sent to flood victims, as fans can drop off items at a handful of locations throughout the week.
“LSU was so gracious to assist us in our time of need,” USC President Harris Pastides said in a statement. “Now it is our turn to help our SEC friends. I encourage all Gamecocks to drop off items needed for the Baton Rouge flood relief.”
Fans are encouraged to bring items such as diapers, baby formula, canned foods, foods in plastic containers, new and unopened sock, underwear, towels and blankets to the Gamecock Football equipment truck from Wednesday to Friday at the following locations:
**Bi-Lo (4464 Devine Street): 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, 9-1 Thursday, 9-6 Friday
**Williams Brice Stadium – 2-7 p.m. Wednesday
**Rice Athletics Center – 2-8 p.m. Thursday
**My Carolina Alumni Association Fall Sports Preview Party – 5-7 p.m. Thursday
Nola.com reported that 10,000 people are in housing shelters, while 20,000 were rescued from the flooding that had the U.S. government declaring four areas as major disaster areas.
Last year when Columbia was affected by flooding, the South Carolina-LSU game was moved to Baton Rouge. All the proceeds from the game were given to USC, as well as proceeds raised from LSU running back Leonard Fournette autographing and selling his game-worn jersey.
Over the weekend, Pastides tweeted that South Carolina would be reaching out to LSU.
Mike Wilson covers South Carolina athletics for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on the Gamecocks.