Local donations for Hurricane Harvey victims have filled trucks and trailers.
Two relief efforts in Hardin County have collected hundreds of items, and organizers plan to take the donations to southeast Texas this week.
Kym George and her family’s trucking company, Jonathan George Expediting, started collecting donations last week. They had a trailer parked outside First Christian Church in Elizabethtown. Four days later, the 48-foot trailer was full.
George said the response has been overwhelming.
“We’re just a small trucking company, but we couldn’t just sit by and not do anything,” she said.
What started as a local drive expanded to three counties. The company had drop-off sites in Bullitt and Nelson counties.
Two drivers were scheduled to leave Tuesday night for Houston, a week earlier than planned. They will drop off supplies at Houston’s First Baptist Church.
Those interested can follow the truck on George’s Facebook page. She has set up a public photo album to track the donation drive.
Another trailer will be parked in front of First Christian at 1811 N. Miles St. in Elizabethtown, to continue receiving donations. George said they plan to keep collecting as long as possible.
She said they’ve received cases upon cases of water, cleaning supplies, diapers and other essentials.
Her mother-in-law, Liz George, is sorting clothing, which will be sent in the next shipment. George said they wanted to send priority items now.
“(The truck’s) full with everything they need,” she said.
George credited those at First Christian with helping them figure out where to take the supplies. She also said VHL Trucking, a company in Louisville, helped by donating a sleeper cabin, so the drivers can drive straight through to Houston.
In Rineyville, donations have been pouring in since Monday, said Elaine Geer, who helped organize the drive with her husband, Mark, and Doug Leasor.
“It’s just amazing,” she said.
Hurricane Harvey Relief Rineyville Roundup planned to collect items through today and trucks will depart early Thursday for Beaumont, Texas.
Geer said they filled a trailer with water and have received pallets of supplies from bleach to dog food. They’ve also received hundreds and hundreds of pairs of flip-flops, among other items.
She said the most- needed products now are bug spray and personal hygiene items. Donations can be dropped off at Leasor Electric at 6300 Rineyville Road until 8 p.m. today, but Geer said they will remain open as long as it takes.
“It almost makes me teary-eyed at how generous people are,” she said.
The Women’s Mission Union of First Baptist Church in Sonora also is sponsoring a donation drive. Items can be dropped off at the church through Sept. 17. Donations will be delivered to a church in Conroe, Texas.