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Local group helps La. children displaced by Hurricane Isaac

Monday - 9/3/2012, 9:51am  ET

WASHINGTON - Hurricane Isaac did a number on the Gulf Coast region. And as the rebuilding begins, one local agency is in Louisiana helping displaced children.

Jeanne-Aimée de Marrais is leading the Save the Children response in the Gulf Coast region, and one of the largest shelters for displaced families is in Alexandria, La. Currently, about 700 children are housed there.

"This is a tremendously devastating time emotionally," says de Marrais.

She says the charity is in greatest need of diapers. They are also looking for donations of books, toys and games.

"Many have lost their homes, and their communities have been damaged or destroyed. So, there is a long recovery process needed," says de Marrais.

The focus in the coming weeks and months will be the children's wellbeing.

Their goal is to ensure "children can access appropriate, safe care, so that they're not left unattended as their families try to start to rebuild their lives," says de Marrais.

She also says getting the children into normal lives is also a priority. Starting Tuesday, Save the Children will watch closely to assess which schools and child care facilities need help in order to reopen.

WTOP's Thomas Warren contributed to this report. Follow WTOP on Twitter.

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