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Posted on: September 4, 2017

10 ways to help the flood victims

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HELPING HANDS – Volunteers load pallets of water bottles into the back of a truck outside the Decatur Visitors Center. The center became a popular place for gathering donations for Hurricane Harvey survivors. Messenger photo by Joe Duty.


Many local organizations are helping out with relief efforts for those affected by the storms and flooding from the past week in southeast Texas.

Here’s a few ways you can donate locally:

The Boyd Fire Department is taking supplies and manpower to South Texas next week. Drop off donations such as fuel, water, food, baby supplies and clothes at the fire hall. For more information, call Sheridan Rhine, 940-206-1731; or Mason Del Castillo, 940-210-3266.

Governor’s Ridge in Decatur is having a Stuff the Bus event for the families in need from Hurricane Harvey. Donations can be dropped off 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 9, at 300 E. Devereaux.

During the month of September, First State Bank locations in Chico, Bridgeport, Paradise and Runaway Bay will accept donations of the following items (new items only): underwear and socks; warm-ups for men, women, children and infants; pillows, pillow cases and blankets; flip flops for showers; towels and washcloths; toiletries/hygiene products; and baby formula and baby wipes, bottles and diapers. Branches are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday. Items will be taken to Dallas County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (

Northwest ISD schools, in coordination with the Northwest ISD Council of PTAs, are accepting donations for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Each district campus is serving as a drop-off location for donations that will go directly to organizations assisting hurricane evacuees. Donate items at the schools’ front offices.

Items specifically requested by aid groups for donation include the following: clothing (specifically socks, underwear and warm-ups for all age groups and genders; preferably new or lightly used clothing), shoes (preferably new or lightly used), toiletries (specifically toothbrushes and toothpaste), hygiene products and baby items (specifically formula, wipes, bottles, diapers and Graco Pack n’ Plays).

Anyone hosting a hurricane evacuee and needing assistance with school supplies should contact the district’s Partners in Education program for assistance. Phil Beckman, Partners in Education specialist, can be reached by phone at 817-215-0172 or via email at

Russell Feed and Supply in Decatur is working with the Texas Department of Agriculture and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to provide feed and supplies to livestock relief points. Hurricane Harvey affected more than 50 counties, and at least four coastal supply points have been established. Their goal is to supply coastal supply points with critical items to help folks affected by the storm feed their horses, cattle, pets and farm animals through these tough times.

Russell Feed and Supply is serving as a Hurricane Harvey Livestock Relief Donation Site. You can help in one of two ways:

1. Customers will be able to purchase five items (cattle cubes, horse feed, all stock feed, alfalfa cubes and mineral tubs) to be sent directly to trucks headed to coastal supply points as they need feed. These items will be sold at special pricing below our cost to ensure that your donation will make the biggest impact possible.

2. Every Russell Feed and Supply location has a “Harvey Pallet” on hand. Specific items requested include dog food, cat food, T-posts, barbed wire, buckets and troughs. You are welcome to bring in and drop off any of these items you’d like to donate. Also, any of these items purchased in-store for the pallet will be sold at a 20 percent discount. These pallets will be added, along with feed, to trucks en route to coastal relief sites.

Decatur ISD is collecting items through their DISD Hammers Harvey hurricane relief effort. Donations will be collected until Friday, Sept. 8, and all of the donated items will be sent to a partner school, Victoria ISD.

Each grade level is asked to bring specific items. Visit and click on the link to see the complete list.

DISD is also collecting monetary donations at home games and at some campuses. The district plans to send this money directly to an organization who is supplying new underwear for victims of Hurricane Harvey: Undies For Everyone.

Boyd Elementary and Boyd Intermediate Schools will host a school supply drive to benefit Orangefield ISD affected by the flooding from Hurricane Harvey. Donate supplies at either campus.

Paradise FFA, Paradise Intermediate Student Council and Paradise Elementary is sponsoring Fill the Bus to help people in the Gulf Coast area who have sustained losses from the effects of Hurricane Harvey. The following items can be brought to the Paradise Ag Shop during school hours through Sept. 8: bottled water, bottled electrolytes, canned foods, diapers, clothing, toiletries, school supplies, non-perishable foods and pet food.

Decatur FFA and Boyd FFA are also helping, and items may also be dropped off at the Decatur Ag Shop.

The Decatur Livestock Market is setting up a benefit sale similar to the one for the Panhandle fires. The market will host an auction Monday, Sept. 4, to raise money to purchase supplies to send to farmers and ranchers in need in South Texas. The auction will be held in conjunction with their regular sale on Monday. The sale will start at noon.

The Rock Church in Bridgeport will accept donations of non-perishable items at certain times over the next week. Items such a diapers, toiletries, cleaning supplies, bleach and bottled water can be dropped off at the church, 1401 S. Chico Highway, at the following dates and times: 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, 4 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 5 to 6 p.m. Sundays.

Brandi’s Country Kitchen in Bridgeport is accepting donations at the restaurant located at 1410 Chico Highway. They are accepting items such as diapers, formula, toiletries, water, towels and Gatorade. Cash donations will also be accepted. They plan to deliver supplies Monday.


HARVEY HELP – Fit-N-Wise employees (from left) Megan Hastings, Holly Berry and Brett Braziel helped man a drop-off location for items donated to assist those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Berry said three trailers were filled, all of which was to be delivered Saturday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

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