How the Local Community is Helping Texas - and so can you!


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Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense

When disaster strikes one of our southern neighbors, there is nothing better than seeing everyone come together to help out in the midst of all the devastation.

Hurricane Harvey has already taken several lives and homes. It’s time to show the entire country what southern hospitality truly looks like.

Savannah Responds is helping out by loading up an entire semi truck full of donations to ship off to the Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas. Once the truck is full, they have another on stand-by to send out even more help. To drop off items for donation go to 1711 Dean Forest Road from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., open daily. They are hoping to fill the truck and send it off by Saturday, Sept. 2.

Courtney Rawlins, who helped fill a truck with donations to capacity last year for Louisiana is back at it again partnering with Savannah Responds. Michael Shortt, the organizer of Savannah responds said they are accepting volunteers to help load donations and get everything organized and ready to go. Two shifts are available. One is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the other is from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Several businesses are pitching in to help Savannah Responds, like Nine Line Apparel, who has a drop off location at 1732 E President St. They will take all of the donations received and transport them to the Savannah Responds truck. Nine Line Apparel also debuted a “Texas Strong” limited-edition T-shirt, which is available on their website at ninelineapparel.com. 100 percent of all proceeds will go to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

 

Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense

 

Other places to drop off donations for the Savannah Responds truck:

  • Any of the TailSpin Pets locations – (912) 691-8788
  • Pooler Chamber of Commerce (taking monetary donations only and will buy the items needed to fill the truck) – (912) 748-0110
  • Lavish Hair Studio – (912) 348-3053
  • It’s Cooler in Pooler – (912) 844-8662
  • Glow Medical Spa and Beauty Boutique – (912) 303-9611
  • Southern Billiards and Burgers – (912) 225-9887

Courtney Rawlins said donations most needed right now are industry-style plastic shrink-wrap to go around the pallets and hold the donations together in the truck. As for other donation items, they still need more:

  • Bottled water
  • Tools (hammers, screwdrivers, crow bars, etc.)
  • Silver construction contractor grade trash bags
  • Masks
  • Baby supplies (baby powder, pacifiers, diapers, baby wipes, etc.)
  • Cleaning supplies (bleach, air freshener, paper towels, sponges, etc.)
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Ice chests
  • Clothing (only new, in-package under armor)

The semi truck is 53 feet long, and holds 68,000 lbs. That is 34 tons of donations sent to those who desperately need these items right now. Let’s fill it up, Savannah! It’s time to show the nation what southern hospitality really means.

For more information about how you can help or donate items contact Courtney Rawlins at (912) 660-8997 or Michael Shortt at (912) 660-8997.