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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

The Gamecock Nation is paying back Louisiana State University for its support given to the South Carolina community during the flood of October 2015. Now that Baton Rouge is dealing with devastating floods, The University of South Carolina is offering its help in return. 

USC is coordinating a collection of items that will be sent to flood victims in Louisiana. You may recall in October 2015, the flood disaster prevented the Gamecocks from hosting LSU at Williams-Brice Stadium. The game was played in Baton Rouge as a home game for USC, and many LSU fans offered donations to help the flood victims here.

The Tiger band even learned to play South Carolina's Alma Mater and Fight Song. 

RELATED: See flooding photos from across South Carolina.

Through this week, fans can bring items to the Gamecock Football equipment truck, which will be located at the Bi-Lo on 4464 Devine Street, Williams-Brice Stadium and the Rice Athletics Center/Carolina Soccer Center. 

Fans attending the My Carolina Alumni Association Fall Sports Preview Party at the My Carolina Alumni Center on Thursday evening are encouraged to bring items to the event.

Thursday:

  • Bi-Lo (4464 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205) [9 am – 1 pm]
  • Rice Athletics Center/Carolina Soccer Center (Heyward & Marion Streets) [2 pm – 8 pm] – Men’s Soccer Game vs. Winthrop (7 p.m.)
  • My Carolina Alumni Association (900 Senate Street) [5 pm – 7 pm] – Fall Sports Preview Party (6 pm)

Because the campaign was so successful, the trucks filled up in two days. The collection ended Thursday. 

Items in need from the Baton Rouge community include the following: baby and adult diapers, baby formula, canned foods (with pop tops), foods in plastic containers such as peanut butter and jelly, individually packaged crackers,  snacks and breakfast bars, multi-packaged cereal, new and unopened socks, underwear, towels and blankets.

“LSU was so gracious to assist us in our time of need,” said USC President Harris Pastides.  “Now it is our turn to help our SEC friends. I encourage all Gamecocks to drop off items needed for the Baton Rouge flood relief.”

All net proceeds from the October 10, 2015 game were given by LSU to South Carolina.  Also, following the game, an autographed game-worn jersey from LSU running back Leonard Fournette raised funds for South Carolina flood relief.

“I would like to encourage everyone to donate to help our friends in the Baton Rouge area that need our assistance,” said USC Athletics Director Ray Tanner. 

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