The focus on sending disaster assistance to the densely-populated Houston area is obviously warranted, but one Glen Rose woman thought something should be done to help other areas devastated by Hurricane Harvey.
Julie Vandiver, a former Glen Rose restaurant owner/operator, contacted Somervell County Judge Danny Chambers to organize a drop-off point for relief supplies.
A conference room next to Judge Chambers’ office in the County Annex Building at 107 Vernon St. has been set aside for the collection of essential supplies that will be transported to areas in and around Rockport and Port Aransas, Vandiver said. Chambers’ office is on the Vine Street side, across from Hollywood and Vine.
“Rockport and Port Aransas (residents) need everything,” Vandiver said. “I’m sure Houston is being devastated, but they have a lot of help. Port Aransas and Rockport are devastated. I feel like they’re taking a second seat, when they have nothing. I understand Houston is in desperation. (But) the people that did stay, they have nothing. They need us.”
The tentative list of suggested items for both rescue workers and victims, posted by Vandiver on Facebook includes bottled water, Gatorade, hand sanitizer, diapers, baby wipes, paper towels, toilet tissue, toothpaste, disposable toothbrushes, large trash bags and socks.
“Alan Steele has generously donated his time and a large cargo trailer/truck to take it down,” Vandiver stated on Facebook.