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Families still need help after Louisiana flooding

October 7, 2016
Seven weeks after the devastating floods that swept through southern Louisiana, financial assistance for hundreds of dealership employees and their families is still needed.
Jeff Carlson, the 2016 chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association, visited All Star Ford in Denham Springs, La., to survey the flood damage more than a month after the storm, which has been categorized as the worst U.S. natural disaster since 2012. 
"You don’t realize the magnitude of the damage until you see it for yourself," Carlson said.
"Here’s the ask: I would like for you to do what we have done," said Carlson, in a plea to dealers across the country to donate to the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund. "Each of my dealerships has adopted a family and contributed $1,000 per store to the charitable foundation, so that we can help people restore their lives down here in the Baton Rouge area."
Matt McKay, president of All Star Ford, said 130 out of his 800 employees at 11 dealerships, lost their homes. "It’s gone. It’s totaled. "About 70 percent of my employees lost their cars."
"We’re working very hard trying to identify the ones who’ve had the biggest problems and visit with them first to try and help them with their paperwork, with the state, with FEMA and all those things," McKay added. "Just to have a light at the end of the tunnel."
Will Green, president of the Louisiana Automobile Dealers Association, added that donations to the NADA Foundation are critical to help dealership employees get back to work quickly and establish normalcy.
"Donations are not only vital now, but it’s vital to have a resource always and to have it solvent with funds readily available to help people quickly," Green said.
The CATA donated $10,000 to the relief fund following the flooding.
To donate, visit or call (703) 821-7233. Personal or corporate checks can be mailed to NADCF Emergency Fund, c/o NADCF, 8400 Westpark Drive, Tysons, VA 22102. (Donations to the NADA Foundation are generally tax-deductible; contributors should consult their tax advisors for details.)