Copyright © 2021 Roswell Daily Record
Copyright © 2021 Roswell Daily Record
Among the long list of great things about Roswell is the generosity of its people.
People here will not only step up to the plate to help out others in the community, but will help individuals they don’t know living hundreds of miles away.
There is a concerted effect in town to help out the victims of Hurricane Harvey, which for days has caused devastating floods in Houston and southeastern Texas.
The National Weather Service reported Wednesday that Harvey has has now set a preliminary record, surpassing 50 inches for the greatest amount of measured single-storm rainfall for the continental U.S. Numerous flash flood warnings were in effect on Wednesday.
In Roswell, the moving truck parked in front of Farmers Country Market at 2800 N. Main St. is not there to move furniture. The store is collecting donations of all kinds to ship to Houston.
“The truck will be leaving on Saturday and we are accepting clothing, perishables (and) cash donations,” Office Manager Bonnie Hammond told the Daily Record. “Everything is appreciated.”
Hammond said people should pull up their vehicles to the truck, where they will get help unloading it.
Both Albertsons Market stores in Roswell also are assisting with relief efforts.
From now until Sept. 11, customers can support the relief effort underway from the American Red Cross by adding a financial contribution of $1 or more to their bill during checkout at any Albertsons and United Express convenience stores.
Lt. Joe West of the Salvation Army Roswell Corps said Wednesday he was on-call in case his help is needed in Texas.
Cash donations can be made at give.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 800-SAL-ARMY.
“Monetary donations are the most flexible and can be used immediately in response to a crisis,” said Dulcinea Kimrey, divisional communications director of The Salvation Army.
Kimrey said it allows the organization to purchase exactly what is needed, when it is needed.
“Cash gives relief organizations the means to procure supplies near the affected area, which cuts down on transportation time and cost,” Kimrey said.
The IRS and others warn donors to make sure to send money to a reputable charity. Check if the charity is trustworthy by contacting the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance.
Local Rotarians have joined with other clubs across the nation to help the storm victims.
Rotary District 5910 in Beaumont, Texas, has a charitable foundation, and funds can be sent to: Rotary District 5910 Charitable Foundation, c/o Bobbie Applegate, 985 IH 10N, Suite 111, Beaumont, TX 77706. Rotary District 5890 in Pasadena, Texas, is also taking donations. Checks can be sent to: District 5890 Charities Inc., c/o Jackie Barmore, 3525 Preston Ave., Pasadena, TX 77505.
Lions International, which has a club in Roswell, also is accepting donations. In times of crisis, Lions are often among the first to offer critical supplies of food, water, temporary shelter and clothing, according to a press release from national headquarters. The Lions Clubs International Foundation is ready to support efforts with fundraising through disaster relief grant programs. To make a donation, visit lcif.org.
They say journalists shouldn’t get involved in their own stories, but one news organization, AccuWeather, is using good judgment to make an exception. AccuWeather reports Hurricane Harvey’s catastrophic rampage has left thousands displaced and in need throughout southeastern Texas.
Donations made through the AccuWeather.com page are going to United Way of Greater Houston.
There are certainly dozens of local groups that were not included in this story due to time constraints. The Roswell Daily Record commends all of you for your gifts of time and donations.
Community news editor Timothy P. Howsare can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or firstname.lastname@example.org.