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Young Democrats, Young Republicans Help Flood Victims

| by Ray Brown
The National Guard helps flood victims in LouisianaThe National Guard helps flood victims in Louisiana

Young Democrats and Young Republicans in Texas overcame whatever political differences they have to work together and help Louisiana flood victims.

"Our generation recognizes that some things are just plain bigger than ourselves," said Celia Morgan, president of the Texas Young Democrats, according to the Dallas Morning News. "After all, Southern hospitality knows no political affiliation."

"At the end of the day, we all live and work together," said John Baucum, chairman for Texas Young Republicans.

The bipartisan Texans are joining an effort started by Sarah Drye, chairwoman of the Arkansas Young Republicans, and purchasing necessary items, such as diapers and first aid products, through an Amazon wish list. And the way they're doing this is posting the Amazon link to their Facebook pages.

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“Can you imagine losing everything in a flood? The flood in Louisiana has damaged and destroyed over 40,000 homes,” the Young Republicans wrote on their Facebook page with instructions on how to send the needed items to a flood relief center in Lafayette, LA.

Chelsea Row, the Texas Young Democrats communications director, told Upworthy in an email that the two groups have not had any issues collaborating with each other, despite political differences over issues like abortion:

"We understand that a diversification of ideas is what makes us better as a human race. At the end of it all, that's what we have in common -- we want to leave this world we live in a better place than it was when we came into it."

The floods in Louisiana have been devastating to the state's residents. At least 13 people have been killed and tens of thousands have been displaced.

"We are heartbroken by the loss of life," President Barack Obama said during a visit to Baton Rouge, LA, one of the hardest-hit areas, on Aug. 23. "I think anybody who can see just the streets, much less the inside of the homes here, people's lives have been upended by this flood.”

Sources: Dallas Morning News, Upworthy, Texas Young Republicans/FacebookCNN / Photo Credit: Spc. Garrett L. Dipuma via​ National Guard/Flickr

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