Here is a list of Houston, Texas churches and groups collecting donated supplies and paying it forward to help people recover from Hurricane Florence in North Carolina and South Carolina. Above, volunteers at the Houston Pays It Forward Hurricane Florence Donation Drive at George R. Brown Convention Center. Photo Courtesy: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner Twitter
University of Houston —UH Athletics Department Florence Supply Drive was Sept. 17-18 to fill UH-H Town Trailer headed to North Carolina. For updates, contact David Bassity on Twitter.
Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 8601 Chimney Rock Houston, TX 77096 (Meyerland, Westbury area) —Sept. 17 – 19th until 6:30 p.m. Click on link for acceptable donated items for delivery to North Carolina. Financial donations also accepted.
Houston First Baptist Church will be sending teams to coastal areas of North Carolina over the next several weeks. On Sept. 21, a church team headed to Wilmington, NC to help Mercy Chefs serve meals. This week, a second team also will be headed to the Carolinas. Cost is $350 (airfare) for the Thursday to Monday mission trips. Will need to pack a sleeping bag. Register and volunteer at HoustonsFirst.org or text FLORENCE to 41411 for a link. More than 100 volunteers have signed up.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has asked the Houston Relief Hub to coordinate Houston’s Paying It Forward Hurricane Relief Response to Hurricane Florence.
The relief effort will accept donations from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23 at the George R Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas Dr., Hall B-3 off Chartres St. (located 3rd level Ramp GRB)
The Mayor’s Office has made contact with relief groups in the region that are requesting donations of:
- Cleaning supplies (with bleach)
- Personal hygiene items
- Nonperishable food
- Bottled water
- Pet food and supplies
Mayor Turner will personally hand off the donated items in Columbia, South Carolina next week, where relief efforts for coastal communities in both states are being concentrated.
“The rest of the country was incredibly generous when Harvey floodwaters invaded parts of our City more than a year ago. People opened their hearts and their wallets to us.” Mayor Turner said. “While our City’s recovery efforts continue, I know Houstonians want to help people who are suffering as a result of Hurricane Florence. That’s why I am encouraging Houstonians, who can, to pay it forward and assist with recovery efforts on the east coast.”
The Hub also needs volunteers to coordinate, sort and load donations. If you can volunteer please email email@example.com with the day and time you can help.
Volunteer shifts are Saturday and Sunday during the following hours:
Noon – 3 p.m.
3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Make financial contributions directly to the OneSC Fund: https://www.yourfoundation.org/community-impact/one-sc-fund-sc-flood-relief
Update: On Friday, September 28, 2018 –Mayor Turner is scheduled to deliver the donations from last weekend’s Houston Pays It Forward Hurricane Florence Donation Drive to Columbia, South Carolina. Location: TBA