Mid-Shore gath­ers re­lief aid for Mag­no­lia, Texas

Dorchester Star - - News - By DENAE SPIERING dspier­ing@ches­pub.com Fol­low me on Twit­ter @ Dspier­ing617

— As the peo­ple of Texas be­gin to piece to­gether their lives, lo­cal groups here on the Eastern Shore are get­ting to­gether and gath­er­ing some much-needed sup­plies to help them through the dev­as­tat­ing af­ter­math of Hurricane Har­vey.

The Eastern Shore Land Con­ser­vancy, WIN Trans­port of Hur­lock and Farm­ers and Friends, a lo­cal Facebook group, are com­bin­ing ef­forts to col­lect, trans­port and de­liver a re­quested list of items to the res­i­dents of Mag­no­lia, Texas.

The Eastern Shore Land Con­ser­vancy, which owns the Eastern Shore Con­ser­va­tion Cen­ter and shares it with en­vi­ron­men­tal part­ners and busi­nesses, or­ga­nized the effort and a lo­ca­tion for an Eas­ton drop-off site.

“We have a staff mem­ber here who has fam­ily in Rock­port, Texas,” said David Fer­raris, com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager for the Eastern Shore Land Con­ser­vancy. “They ap­proached us with send­ing re­lief aid, and we all got on board to help. We felt com­pelled to do it.”

He said their par­tic­u­lar building is made up of sev­eral dif­fer­ent part­ners, and it just made sense for them to do it there.

“We are just do­ing our part on the Mid-Shore to help,” Fer­raris said.

Fer­raris said the Eastern Shore Land Con­ser­vancy is invit­ing any­one look­ing to con­trib­ute to the col­lec­tion to bring items to its head­quar­ters at 114 S. Washington St., Mon­day through Fri­day be­tween 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

“We be­gan ac­cept­ing do­na­tions last week and will con­tinue to ac­cept them un­til Fri­day, Sept. 8,” Fer­raris said. “The truck will be ar­riv­ing on Mon­day Sept. 11 and will be de­liv­er­ing the sup­plies to Mag­no­lia Cow­boy Chris­tian Church, in Mag­no­lia, Texas.”

Libby Nagel of Farm­ers and Friends said they have been do­ing this type of re­lief aid for years, in­clud­ing dur­ing the af­ter­math of Hurricane Sandy.

“Our group was started as a way for us farm­ers to give back to our com­mu­ni­ties,” Nagel said. “We are just peo­ple com­ing to­gether and giv­ing back be­cause it is the right thing to do.”

Like Fer­raris, Nagel said she felt com­pelled to help the peo­ple of Texas.

“If this hap­pened here we would want the help,” Nagel said. “We would be done for.”

Nagel said they have also part­nered with sev­eral other lo­cal busi­nesses across the Mid-Shore to as­sist in the fill­ing as many trac­tor-trailers as pos­si­ble.

“A lot of peo­ple want to do stuff to help,” Nagel said. “But they don’t know how to go about it.”

The other busi­nesses that are step­ping up to col­lect items and of­fer a drop-off lo­ca­tion for peo­ple look­ing to be a part of the effort in­clude four lo­ca­tions in Cam­bridge — Port­side Restau­rant, Cam­bridge Tire, To DYE For Salon and the But­ter­fly Bou­tique. In Fishing Creek, peo­ple can drop off items at Old Salty’s and in Hur­lock at WIN Trans­port.

Nagel said de­pend­ing on the amount of items col­lected they may be able to send mul­ti­ple truck­loads.

“We have al­ready re­ceived 20 pal­lets of wa­ter,” Nagel said. “That’s one trac­tor-trailer full al­ready.”

She said they plan to space out the de­liv­er­ies through­out Septem­ber and into October so that the peo­ple of Texas do not be­come bom­barded with sup­plies.

On Mon­day, Sept. 11, WIN Tans­port will be col­lect­ing the do­na­tions from all lo­ca­tions and will be mak­ing the first of many 1,500-mile trips to Mag­no­lia Cow­boy Chris­tian Church.

From there the sup­plies will be de­liv­ered to Pas­tor Robert Stokes, who will then dis­perse them to the peo­ple of Mag­no­lia.

Mag­no­lia is lo­cated ap­prox­i­mately one hour north­west of Hous­ton in Mont­gomery County and was hit hard dur­ing the hurricane.

Nagel said the lo­cal truck­ing company is foot­ing the bill for all of the travel costs. She said just one trip alone can cost be­tween $3,500 to $4,500.

“They are a great bunch, very giv­ing and al­ways sup­port­ive of churches,” Nagel said. “That’s why when I be­gan to put this to­gether. I wanted to find a church in Texas.”

Fer­raris said the list items were specif­i­cally re­quested and both he and Nagel said they were told directly that ab­so­lutely no cloth­ing would be ac­cepted.

“A lot of peo­ple have been say­ing the peo­ple of Texas don’t want sup­plies, they need money,” Fer­raris said “But our part­ners in Texas gave us list as to what their needs were and we are do­ing our part to meet them.”

Be­low is a list of the brand new items that may be do­nated to any of the drop-off lo­ca­tions and are needed by the more than 30,000 dis­placed peo­ple:

Pa­per tow­els; toi­let pa­per; per­sonal fem­i­nine hy­giene prod­ucts; tooth­brushes; tooth­paste; soap; de­odor­ant; sham­poo; ra­zors; shav­ing cream; col­lapsi­ble cool­ers; non­per­ish­able food; readyto-eat food; battery-op­er­ated lanterns; flash­lights with bat­ter­ies; bat­ter­ies; ra­dios; bleach; com­mer­cial-strength Lysol and house­hold Lysol wipes; con­trac­tors trash bags; mops; buck­ets; face masks; gloves and la­tex; pil­lows; blan­kets; puz­zles; col­or­ing books and crayons; rakes; pack­ing tape; mark­ers; alu­minum; serv­ing dishes; Ster­nos, pa­per prod­ucts like plates, forks and cups; heavy tarps; rope; jars of can­dles with lids; matches; gal­lon-sized Zi­ploc bags; baby for­mula, di­a­pers, baby wipes and baby food; NyQuil and cough syrup; As­pirin and Advil; Neosporin and per­ox­ide; Band-Aids and ban­dages; nasal spray; hand san­i­tizer; body lo­tion; in­sect re­pel­lent; and rub­ber boots/ wa­ter­man boots.

The re­lief effort is also col­lect­ing do­na­tions of pet sup­plies, in­clud­ing dry and wet food, pet bed­ding, cat lit­ter, plas­tic bins for lit­ter and horse feed.

“Just like with hu­mans,” Nagel said, “the an­i­mals and horses need our help too.”

Mon­e­tary do­na­tions will also be ac­cepted to pur­chase plas­tic totes to package the items in. All re­main­ing funds will be do­nated to the Hous­ton Food Bank.

For more in­for­ma­tion about where to do­nate or how, visit Eastern Shore Land Con­ser­vancy’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/EShoreLandC or visit Farm­ers and Friends at www.facebook. com/farm­er­snfriends.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Mag­no­lia Cow­boy Church and its re­lief ef­forts, visit www.facebook.com/ Mag­no­lia-Cow­boy-Church.

If un­able to get items to one of these do­na­tion sites, con­tact Libby Nagel at 410430-1045 or Kele Turner at 410-463-3761.

CONTRIBUTED PHO­TOS

Pic­tured above are the do­na­tions that have al­ready been re­ceived at the Eastern Shore Con­ser­va­tion Cen­ter in Eas­ton.

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