Fans at LSU vs. South Carolina game give more than $40,000 to disaster relief efforts, Red Cross says _lowres

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Baton Rouge American Red Cross worker Rome Gautreau, 7, right, takes a donation from Dallas', Texas' Gerald Fontenot, center, as his wife Jayne Fontenot, left, reaches into her purse for some money to donate, before the LSU-South Carolina game Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 in Tiger Stadium. Donations were being taken outside the stadium for aid to people in South Carolina who have endured recent disastrous flooding, as well as having their home game against the Tigers moved to Baton Rouge. The Fontenots had tickets to the Game in Columbia, and flew into Baton Rouge for the new location.

Fans at the game Saturday in Tiger Stadium between LSU and South Carolina gave more than $40,000 to support disaster relief efforts in South Carolina, the American Red Cross reported Tuesday.

More than 40 Red Cross volunteers, including LSU Army ROTC, conducted the fundraising effort at Tiger Stadium, mingling with fans outside the stadium and collecting donations in Red Cross canisters. Inside Tiger Stadium, fans were given instructions on how to give via text, as LSU shared the message on video boards and via announcements.

“LSU fans were enthusiastic about giving this weekend as they welcomed the Gamecocks to Baton Rouge,” said Merri Alessi, executive director of the American Red Cross in the Louisiana Capital Area. “Fans had their wallets open, checks written and stories to share.”

Campus Federal Credit Union partnered with the Red Cross to accept and account for the donations.