Houston Pays It Forward Hurricane Florence Donation Drive

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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner

Rick Smaile/Volunteer

Update Wednesday, September 26, 2018:

On Friday, September 28th, Mayor Turner is scheduled to deliver relief items collected during last weekend’s Houston Pays it Forward Hurricane Florence Donation Drive to Columbia, South Carolina. Location TBA. 

Posted Saturday, September 22, 2018

The Houston Pays It Forward Hurricane Florence Donation Drive to help South Carolina recover from Hurricane Florence is underway this weekend.  It continues on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at George R Brown Convention Center where a year ago, thousands of Hurricane Harvey flooded families and individuals were sheltered.

“So many people in this city, county and region really helped us out in our moment of need. They did it time after time after time and so having gone through it and now other people are going through it as much as we went through, it’s our time to pay it forward,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

On Saturday, Mayor Turner, Houston Strong volunteers and others gathered at GRB to repay the kindness and generosity shown to Houston and Harris County during its time of need.  Donations of bottled water, pet supplies, blankets, canned and non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, bleach, hygiene items and other things came from as far away as the Cypress area, Bellaire, Houston area businesses, individuals and other areas flooded during Harvey.

“We got some MRE’s (meals ready to eat). We got some hurricane blankets, 40 pounds of food. We got some water from Coca Cola. The public has been bringing canned food. A lady came down from Cypress with a suitcase full of hand goods. We got some building supplies. All this will be sorted out today and tomorrow,” said Rick Smaile, a volunteer from Boulevard Realty in Rice Village.

To donate to the Houston Pays It Forward Hurricane Florence Donations Drive, head to George R. Brown Convention Center and go behind GRB to Chartres Street.  Turn left onto the ramp just before Texas Street.  GRB Security will open the gates for you to deliver your donations to the receiving area.

More donations are needed, small and big.  Mayor Turner says the donated supplies will go to a staging area in Columbia, South Carolina for distribution.  He expects the trucks and filled trailers will leave Houston for Columbia on Tuesday or Wednesday this week.

—Carol Lim



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