BEXAR COUNTY -- A local string of franchises is making moves to make a difference, starting a city-wide donation drive to help those displaced by the flooding in southern Louisiana.
All uBreakiFix stores in the San Antonio area are teaming up to collect non-perishable foods, cleaning supplies, pet food, water, anything you can give to send to those in Louisiana who were left with nothing.
"With the start of the school year that just kicked off on Monday, there's kids out there that were looking forward to starting school this week. Unfortunately, those schools are underwater," said Ray Saenz, president of the uBreakiFix on Stone Oak Parkway.
They're collecting the essentials to send to our neighbors in Louisiana.
Hundreds of thousands of people are without a home thanks to historical flooding that reached miles and miles inland.
"We have folks who are having to boil their water, but a lot of these places also don't have electricity just yet," Saenz said. "So they're unable to boil water. I think that's a really big need they have right now."
The donations will be picked up from all uBreakiFix locations, then sent to Houston where another team will transport the goods to helpers in Louisiana.
Kami Turner, President of Job Prep, Inc. Union Thrift Store in Farmerville, Louisiana is coordinating with Saenz to get the donations to the hardest hit areas.
"We were trying to round up water supplies to some people in St. Martinsville, and there were like 25 families in there and the water to them had to be boated in because you still can't get in to a lot of these areas," Turner said. “There are no roadways."
Turner noted that after Hurricane Katrina, most homeowners were prepared with flood insurance. Since the recent rains hit more inland, hundreds of thousands are without a home.
"I think only less than 20 percent of households had flood insurance. So it's widespread devastation. There are people that have nothing," Turner said. "I think it's Livingston Parish where 105,000 of them lost everything. That's unbelievable to me, and that's just one parish."
Saenz said that they will take the first batch of donated items to Houston on September 3, and they'll continue to accept donations until there's no longer a need.
"We're gonna do what we can to maybe help change some lives or, if anything, just get some lives back on track," Saenz said.
For any item you donate, you get 5 percent off your electronic repair. If you bring in two 24-packs of water, you'll get 10 percent off your repair at any uBreakiFix store.
Here are the San Antonio locations participating in this charity drive:
8340 W Farm to Market Rd 78 #1a
Converse, TX 78109
11860 E Bandera Rd
Helotes, TX 78023
6993 Blanco Rd
uBreakiFix Stone Oak
18822 Stone Oak Pkwy #102
San Antonio, TX 78258
uBreakiFix City Base
3322 SE Military Dr #102
San Antonio, TX 78223
uBreakiFix Alamo Heights
San Antonio, TX 78209
The Forum at Olympia Parkway
8251 Agora Pkwy #103
Selma, TX 78154
uBreakiFix Huebner Oaks
11075 Interstate 10 Frontage Rd #303
San Antonio, TX 78230