The effort to send supplies to the victims of Hurricane Harvey caught fire among Somervell County residents, just as it did across the state and the nation.
A collection point was set up in a conference room inside the Somervell County Annex Building downtown, and the donated items were stacked high by the time the trailer was to be driven to one of the hardest-hit areas on the Texas Gulf Coast.
“We will have a 40-foot trailer loaded to the gills,” organizer Julia Vandiver of Glen Rose, a former restaurant owner/operator, said Tuesday. “The town just came together humongously. We have an entire wall of diapers and baby wipes donated — 50 or 60 cases.”
Clothes from the Methodist Thrift Store were donated, and even some new clothes were dropped off by individuals.
The list of donated items also “went down to razors and shave cream,” Vandiver said. “I can’t say how blessed and amazed I am. It’s mostly citizens coming together, Texans helping Texans.”
Also, she noted, David’s Grocery set up a donation table, including Brown Bags of Hope that customers could purchase to be included among the supplies sent.
The trailer, provided by Alan Steele, will be driven to a collection point in Rockport at the Coastal Oak Church, Vandiver said.
Other donated items were being collected at Cherokee Rose Nursing and Rehabilitation and Simple Simon’s Pizza, Vandiver noted.
A dozen or more families were provided with camp sites free of charge for a temporary place to stay at Dinosaur Valley State Park after fleeing flooded areas, according to John Tiller, a customer service representative for the park.
As of mid-day Tuesday, only one or two of those families remained at the park, which will remain open to the evacuees until they can find alternative places to move.
PaPa’s Pantry collected supplies for the hurricane victims who arrived in Somervell County seeking shelter.
Debi Bly, director of local food bank PaPa’s Pantry, said Tuesday that they provided donated things such as personal hygiene items. laundry detergent, plastic plates, among other essential products. She said they currently have plenty of food, including baby food.
“We’re going to try to help them while they’re here,” Bly said, noting that one item they could still use would be boxed drinks for children. “The response from the community has been nothing short of incredible. It’s really heartwarming.”
Bly said the food bank’s trailer was at The Promise in Glen Rose last weekend for the season debut, accepting donations.
Bly also said that the food bank’s trailer will be at Tiger Stadium Friday (Sept 8) for the Glen Rose High School varsity football home opener against Waco Connally. The trailer will also be there on Saturday for the Glen Rose Pee Wee football games.
One item Bly mentioned would be good for those donations would be foods that can be cooked in a microwave.