Louisiana Cheer Force Flood Relief

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We are so grateful to our cheer community for the outpouring of love, concern and compassion we have received regarding the recent flooding in our hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. While Louisiana Cheer Force's gym itself was spared major damage, many of our athletes' and coaches' homes were completely flooded.  All of the photos shown are of our athlete's homes.  These are just a few of many.

As friends and fellow cheer parents we have done everything we can to assist our teammates by providing shelter, clothing, meals, laundry, labor, hugs, tears and even a little laughter. Many of the affected families expressed concern about the reality of their kids being able to continue cheering this season.  As we all know, there is an expense associated with competitive cheer and at a time when many of these families are rebuilding their lives, paying for cheer understandably takes a back seat to the family's needs.

We want these athletes to have a sense of normalcy in a world that has become anything but. Not only did they lose their homes and all their personal belongings, many of them have been forced to change schools as a result of damage to their school buildings or family relocation. With that in mind, we are hoping to raise money to help them.

So we are coming to you, the cheer community, to help us in our endeavor. We are working to get an exact number of athletes who have been directly impacted by the flood, but at this time we know it is at least 30.

The devastation here in Louisiana is all too real. The cheer community has always been known to come together in times of need and this is one of those times. Every donation makes a difference and 100% of all of the money collected will be split between the LACF competitive athletes whose homes were flooded. Thank you in advance!

Sincerely,
Louisiana Cheer Force Parents

***Some people have asked about sending gift cards in lieu of a donation and those would be greatly appreciated too.  Please contact me for information on where to send them.  These will distributed immediately upon receipt and the amounts will be included in our overall total.***



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Had to post one more update with a BIG THANK YOU to our friends from Stingrays All Stars, Cheer Athletics Charlotte & Naperville Elite Allstars for their incredibly generous donations. Cheer Athletics Charlotte held a "Penny War" for our athletes and raised $500 and Naperville Elite All Stars raised $254. Stingrays collected $2,172 to help defer the cost of replacing uniforms for our flooded athletes.

I have really become at a loss for words when it comes to expressing my gratitude for these gyms who have walked along side us in this effort. So, I will share the words of one of the parents who has been blessed by all of you...

"We are overwhelmed by the generosity of people both near and far who have contributed to the cause. It isn't easy to ask for help and sometimes even harder to accept it. This has been such a roller coaster of a ride for us and we know the journey home will be a long one. However, people like you, who have gone out of their way to make a difference, make the journey a little more manageable. So please know that when we say "thank you" it means so much more."
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My hand is cramping from writing all these checks but it was TOTALLY worth it! Thanks to your generosity we were able to collect $6,300 and give each of the 44 affected athletes $143. The first $20 was given to them last month as a gift card and now each athlete is getting an additional $123. While it may not seem like much, I know these athletes and their families appreciate every penny donated and even more than that they appreciate what the money represents...HOPE! And how appropriate that these cards look like a rainbow - a symbol of hope after the storm. Thank you again to everyone who donated!!
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The cheer industry continues to amaze me. It has been 6 1/2 weeks since the flood and the outpouring of love and support continues. Our friends from Top Gun All-Stars in Orlando collected $600 for our athletes. Stingray All-Stars has started their own campaign to help cover the cost of replacing uniforms for our athletes who lost theirs in the flood. Eric Moran, Stingray dad and author of, "Welcome to Mintland," donated $100 in profits from the sale of his book. In addition to all of this, the sale of #unBRoken t-shirts raised a total of over $2,000.

We are very swiftly approaching October 1st which is when we will close the campaign to be able to begin dispersing funds to our athletes. If anyone would still like to donate after that time, we have set up a separate account in which all of the collected funds are being deposited. Please contact me for more information on how to donate to that account. Thank you again for your continued support!
Top Gun All-Stars
Stingray All-Stars
Welcome to Mintland
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Just when you think the rest of the world has forgotten about your need and what you're going through, God sends a gentle reminder that you are not alone. I call them "God winks." We got a God wink this week from our friends at Greensboro All-Star Cheerleading in North Carolina. They sent Target, Wal-Mart and Chik-fil-a gift cards for our affected athletes. To some, it may just be chicken sandwich and waffle fries, but to us it's so much more. So to our friends at GAC we thank you! Not just for the donations, but more importantly for reminding us that we are not forgotten.

Also, after the amazing half time show at the LSU game last week, I received some emails about wanting to purchase #unBRoken t-shirts so I have relaunched the t-shirt fundraiser until THIS SUNDAY. So if you missed the first order and want to purchase one, please be sure to do it before Sunday. Our first order raised $1,515 for our families!!

The link is: https://www.booster.com/unbroken-br

Thanks so much!
Greensboro All-Star Cheerleading
#unBRoken t-shirts second order!
unBRoken LSU
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Lindsay Porter Falgoust
31 months ago
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As one of the ones that flooded, I felt I had to leave a comment to express our appreciation. This video brought tears to my eyes. Such very special people out there and the love and support from everyone is truly what is helping all of us and our families get through this. My daughter had a rough first day back at school so the school counselor talked to her about the flood and how she was upset about losing her things and home. The counselor then asked her to talked something positive in her life and of course she talked about CHEER! They talked about how much she loves it and how she dreams of being a Cheer Coach one day. Cheer means everything to my two girls and is giving them back some normalcy during this difficult time. So from the bottom of our hearts, Thank You Thank You Thank You! Lindsay

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SA
$2,172
Stingray Allstars
29 months ago (Offline Donation)
$500
Brandon Arbogast
29 months ago

We hope that this will help some to get everyone back on their feet! With lots of love from Cheer Athletics Charlotte!

BJ
$200
Brad & Bethany Johnson
29 months ago (Offline Donation)
TA
$600
Top Gun All-Stars
30 months ago (Offline Donation)
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$321
#unBRoken t-shirt sale #2
30 months ago (Offline Donation)
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$1,515
#unBRoken t-shirt sales
30 months ago (Offline Donation)
GC
$320
Greensboro All-Star Cheerleading
30 months ago (Offline Donation)
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Lindsay Porter Falgoust
31 months ago
1
1

As one of the ones that flooded, I felt I had to leave a comment to express our appreciation. This video brought tears to my eyes. Such very special people out there and the love and support from everyone is truly what is helping all of us and our families get through this. My daughter had a rough first day back at school so the school counselor talked to her about the flood and how she was upset about losing her things and home. The counselor then asked her to talked something positive in her life and of course she talked about CHEER! They talked about how much she loves it and how she dreams of being a Cheer Coach one day. Cheer means everything to my two girls and is giving them back some normalcy during this difficult time. So from the bottom of our hearts, Thank You Thank You Thank You! Lindsay

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