TIPP CITY — In an effort to aid those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, a group in Tipp City is collecting items for people in need.
Thrivent Financial and Tipp Monroe Community Services have partnered to “Fill the Truck for Texans” and collect items for people who may have lost all their possessions.
Donations will be collected from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the old post office at 29 W. Main St., the corner of Fourth and Main Streets in Tipp City.
Matt Buehrer of Thrivent Financial said he was horrified by all the pictures on the news of the devastation in Texas over the weekend. Hurricane Harvey, a category four storm, hit Texas Friday and dumped record amounts of rain on the Houston area.
“I was watching the news before going to bed and it was just horrifying to see all the devastation and the suffering. I woke up at 1 a.m. just thinking, ‘How can we help these people?’ So the next morning I bolted down to Tipp Monroe Community Services,” Buehrer said.
Steve Bruns of Bruns General Contracting donated a truck to the effort and will provide a driver to take the items to Texas, Buehrer said. He noted that organizers have worked with a regional FEMA representative, who referred them to the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters.
“If we need a secondary truck or a third, depending on the outpouring here — and the way it looks so far, we might need additional trucks — we’ll be searching those out in the future,” Buerher said.
Organizers are seeking a wide variety of items, including: toiletries and hygiene items, bedding and pillows, diapers and Depends, baby wipes, baby formula, bottled water, cell phone chargers, feminine hygiene products, dog and cat food, cat litter and other pet supplies; new men’s, women’s and children’s clothing; and new shoes and socks.
Buehrer said he hopes they will be able to send a truck as soon as Saturday, but it depends how quickly donations come in.
“It’s such a generous community,” he added.
Monetary donations will also be accepted at the Tipp Monroe Community Services office at 3 E. Main St.
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