Hurricane Harvey - How You Can Help
On Katrina's 12th anniversary, Mississippi coast residents are mobilizing to help our neighbors to the west. Below are some on-going Hancock County efforts, some by individuals with personal connects in Texas, some larger group efforts.
The Shoofly Magazine does not officially endorse any individual efforts, we're relaying this information garnered from our social media call to action as a community courtesy.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is calling on people to help those affected by Harvey to visit the National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters at https://www.nvoad.org/ for more information or to donate.
BSL Fire Department
The Bay St. Louis Fire Department, doing what they do best - helping folks in a bad situation. "We have experienced the devastation before and were thankful for those who helped us. If you can, please help those affected by Hurricane Harvey." Donations can also be dropped off at the Waveland Fire Station on Hwy 90.
From Waveland Mayor Mike Smith
With today being the anniversary of Katrina and what we all went through here, we know that Texas could use all of the help and supplies they could get. Waveland Central Fire Station on Hwy 90 is a drop-off spot for items to be brought to Texas.
(See list above for useful items)
From the Hancock Chamber & Infinity-AP
From Miranda Anderson
My husband's family is in Bayside texas. We are planning to head that way Saturday morning to bring supplies. We will be at Word of Faith parking lot from 6-7 pm this Thursday, 103 Old Spanish Trail, Waveland, MS 39576
The Giving Circle, From Mark Bertrand
While it is still very early, we are working towards the possibility of a trip to Texas to help to help with gutting a few homes. We really are experts at gutting homes after storms/ floods making them ready to rebuild.
We of course have also rebuilt many homes, but for this in Texas it would be one trip for now, with the goal of gutting as many homes as we could in several days to one week.
This is VERY early in the possess after such a large storm, a great deal of planning and logistics will be involved including finding a partner on the ground, which we have just accomplished.
So if you have any interest in being part of a Giving Circle team to make the trip to Texas please feel free to contact me, this includes friends from anywhere in the US, all are welcome.
As you all know we were born out of Katrina first with our Operation: A Cajun Christmas http://www.cajunchristmas.org/index.htm then on to 10 years of rebuilding work in the Waveland area of Mississippi.
We have also responded to other storms and floods, Sandy in Staten Island, Western NY and Schoharie and have become experts gutting flooded homes, and rebuilding.
Check out their website or find them on Facebook.
From Jacob Ryan Ainsworth
I'm helping with relief efforts in the small rural towns I was raised in east of Houston - Hardin and Liberty, Texas. We are looking for donations of cleaning supplies - bleach, soap, paper products, mops, towels, dog food, trash bags, etc to be delivered on Friday weather permitting. Items may be dropped at RE/MAX Coast Delta Realty or Casano Law Firm in Diamondhead. I'm available to meet or pickup as well my cell number is 228.363.2875. Thank you!!
From Hancock County Retired & Senior Volunteer Program
RSVP will be collecting clean, usable clothing and shoes for all those affected by Harvey! I am happy to pick up. Please have clothing folded or hanging. I remember after Katrina the big piles of clothing with no rhyme or reason. We will sort mens, ladies, children, babies. Please contact Linda @ 342-6525 for pick up or drop off at 228 Coleman Avenue, Suite A4, Waveland!!
Info sent in by the Diamondhead Country Club
There will be a community drive for hurricane relief at the Diamondhead Community Center, Fri., Sept. 1, 4pm - 8pm. Below is a list of what they are requesting.
From Hancock High School
The Hancock Career Technical Center SkillsUSA club is starting a drive to collect items for disaster relief in Texas. The students will be collecting items until Friday September 8,2017 and it will be delivered to a local business that will deliver all collected items to Texas.
Items needed are non-perishable food items, personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies and bug and mosquito repellant. Thanks in advance for any help or donations you can provide.
From the Gulfport Mayor's Office -
with Pass Christian drop-off
We are collecting supplies with Operation BBQ Relief Hurricane Relief to the Houston area. Primary drop off location will be at Island View Casino at the corner of 30th Avenue and Highway 90 - these efforts couldn't be possible without the support of John Fayard Moving and Warehousing who is sponsoring the 18-wheelers.
Collections will begin 9 am today through 7 pm this evening and resume 8 am to 7 pm Tuesday & each day until the truck is filled. Compton & Sons Appliance in Gulfport, Borguezan Granite at 323 E North St., Pass Christian, and J. Carter & Co. Real Estate and Development in downtown Gulfport are additional collection sites.
Supplies being collected for this effort are as follows:
#10 cans (large only please) of corn, green beans, baked beans, mixed veggies, peaches, fruit cocktail, styrofoam to-go containers, plastic utensil sets, cases of bottled water, cleaning supplies, powder-free gloves for serving, large aluminum pans & lids (not small).
This is the first of several efforts being organized along our Mississippi Gulf Coast - stay tuned for updates! For more information contact Chris Vignes at (228) 234-8590
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