Louisiana first lady Donna Edwards worked her way through the Opelousas Civic Center shelter on Friday, shaking hands, picking up smiling children and giving comfort to flood victims from around Acadiana.

"Hope is on the way," she told a table of shelter residents eating lunch. "We're here."

She also visited the shelters in Ville Platte and Carencro, as well as the new donation drop-off center for St. Landry Parish at the old Save-A-Lot Food Store on Creswell Lane in Opelousas.

Edwards recently partnered with the Louisiana School Board Association to launch a GoFundMe campaign to help benefit the children and the schools that have been devastated from the flooding that started last week.

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