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Local groups rally support and donations for hurricane victims

A Harris County group sent a truck of supplies to Denham Springs/ Baton Rouge in 2016. Now they’re planning to do it again.
A Harris County group sent a truck of supplies to Denham Springs/ Baton Rouge in 2016. Now they’re planning to do it again. Special to the Ledger-Enquirer

With the remnants of Hurricane Harvey continuing to pummel Houston and its surrounding area with rain, and flooding expected to drive as many as 30,000 people to shelters, residents of the Chattahoochee Valley are coming together to do what they can to help.

The Harris County Hurricane Harvey Victim Relief group is organizing a trip to the Houston area to bring a truckload of supplies to displaced flood victims. The group is asking for donations of basic household supplies like batteries, diapers, wipes and toothpaste. .

“Last year when we did this for Baton Rouge, people cleaned out their closets and Goodwill bags and we had to take down a bunch of stuff that didn’t do any good. Right now, our concern is people,” the group said on their Facebook page.

The group is collecting donations at the Harris County Community Center and at PTAP in Columbus, at 839 Veterans Parkway. Donations are accepted until Thursday, August 31 at noon.

The initiative takes on an extra significance, because Houston is located in Harris County, Texas. That’s led to some local residents using the hashtag #harriscountyGAsupportsharriscountyTX.

Girls Talk 2.0, a social Facebook group for women in the area, is also setting up a drive for donations, and plans to get a truck to drive to Houston. The group is asking anyone to donate if they can, but is targeting businesses specifically.

“Any business that donates over 1k, I will plug in our Girls Talk 2.0 group that has over 6k active members, with 4K of them being in Columbus area. Let’s show what Georgia/Alabama can do to help those in need,” said Crystal Payne, a representative from the group.

She said that an undisclosed company might be willing to double any donations they receive, and that they are focusing on a “Christmas in September” theme to bring toys and games to children who were displaced.

Payne said they are still working on a drop-off location, but should know more details Tuesday.

For the quickest way to help, check out a list of organizations accepting cash donations that go to relief work, and make sure to watch out for scams.

Scott Berson: 706-571-8578, @ScottBersonLE

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