Local company donates to Louisiana flood victims

A Forsyth County business is doing its part to help victims of the recent flooding in Louisiana.

Pro Chem Inc., located on Bluegrass Lakes Parkway, recently donated more than 150 products worth more than $14,000 to Louisiana flood victims, some of which were tied to the company.

“We have sales people in some of the affected areas as well as hundreds of customers in the affected areas,” said Randy Alifeld, the company’s president. “When we saw the sales people had needs and the customers were being affected, we obviously wanted to make a contribution.”

At least 13 people were killed in the flooding that began in mid-August, with weather dropping as much as two feet of rain in three days in some areas.

Tens of thousands of buildings were damaged, and at least 30,000 residents and 1,400 pets have been rescued.

The company sent several of their products to aid with clean up and help victims of the flooding including: gloves, disinfectants, trash bags, absorbent products, cleaning products and deodorant.

Some of those supplies went to fire departments in the affected area.

“We sent supplies that we thought they needed,” Alifeld said.

Donations went to Bridge City, Denham Springs, Lafayette and Baton Rouge – all in southern Louisiana.

In total, more than 6,000 pounds of products were shipped to the area.

The business is also currently asking employees for donations, which Pro Chem will match.

Alifeld said he was personally impressed by the giving of the company and that the company was especially driven in its efforts since one of their own was heavily affected.

“One of our sales people in that market, their parents lost their house of 35 years,” he said. “So when it hits you that personally and hits you close to home, you want to help out as much as you can.”