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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 24, 2017

Collections help Harvey victims

Sep 07, 2017
St. James School students Keegan Burns, left, and Lyla Genkingershow some of the items that have been collected to aid the victims of Hurrican Harvey. The collection continues through the end of the week.

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL

 

The students at St. James School hadn’t been collecting items for the survivors of Hurricane Harvey very long before the area in the lobby for collection was overflowing with goods and new space needed to be found.

The school is continuing to collect for the flood victims in Texas through the end of this week and anyone from the community is welcome to donate.

“Our secretary, Becky Adam, was in touch with Dave Waite from Fareway, because they had done some collecting and had a truck going down,” St. James Principal Beth McBride said. “Becky did some research and found the things that are really needed down there. We got the list out to parents. The donations are just pouring in.”

McBride also said she had spoken with the Texas Dioceses to connect with a Catholic elementary school in the area that had been impacted by Harvey.

According to the school items needed in Texas include: non-perishable food items; diapers and baby wipes; infant formula; toilet paper; personal hygiene items and feminine products; first aid kits; blankets; towels; baby bottles, pacifiers, and baby food; pet food; any size clothing; socks; flashlights and batteries; stuffed animals (they are trying to get one for every child in the area so they have at least one item that is theirs); and books, crayons, coloring books, small toys, puzzles and games.

The school is taking donations for the hardest hit coastal areas of Texas. The collection is coordinating with the Kingsland Fire Department to handle distribution.

McBride said donations are being accepted through Friday, and probably through the weekend.

Hurricane Harvey was the first hurricane to make landfall in the United States since 2005. During a four-day period many areas received over 40 inches of rain, which caused catastrophic flooding. During the flooding hundreds of thousands of homes were destroyed and at least 30,000 people have been displaced. Harvey was listed as a Category 4 storm. At least 70 deaths have been confirmed in the United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) director Brock Long called Harvey the worst disaster in Texas history and expects it will take many years to recover. Damage estimates are between $50 and $200 billion with a large portion of losses sustained by uninsured homeowners.

McBride said even while the collection for the victims of Harvey is being collected, people from the school have already begun discussing how to assist the survivors of Tropical Storm Irma.

“I think that if the current donations are any example, and that is after just two days, I’m sure people will come forward,” she said.

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