Bringing relief by the truckload
South Floridians doing part to aid Texas flood victims
South Florida stepped up its efforts Tuesday to help the people of Texas reeling from Hurricane Harvey.
Firefighters and doctors began heading to the devastated region. The Red Cross deployed food trucks. And people showed up at local drop-off sites with donations.
Ingrid Trotman, of Lake Worth, loaded her white van full of supplies Tuesday and drove to the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, where the Houston Astros train.
Trotman, 64, unloaded garbage bags full of clothing, bedding, towels, sheets, shoes and more that she, her sisters and neighbors had gathered. “When you see the need they have, you just want to help,” she said.
The ballpark, at 5444 Haverhill Road in West Palm Beach, is accepting donations from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday through Sept. 6, said general manager Brady Ballard.
These are some of the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in South Florida:
En route to Texas are 48 members of a South Florida medical team, which consists of local paramedics, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, firefighters and doctors. Delray Beach Fire Rescue on Monday sent two firefighters to Dallas.
Coral Springs Chargers, a nonprofit football and cheer club for children, is collecting supplies at Mullins Park, 10000 Ben Geiger Drive, from 6 to 9 tonight and Thursday. The club president, A.J. Poulin, said he and four others will drive to Texas on Friday with at least one moving truck, an airboat and five small motorized fishing boats, plus supplies such as water, canned goods, dog food and diapers.
Food For The Poor, an organization based in Coconut Creek, is sending five containers of water, food and other goods to Texas in addition to a truckload of bread. The group is planning additional shipments.
The Animal Wellness Center in Royal Palm Beach and Peggy Adams Animal Rescue gathered pet food to donate.
Publix stores on Tuesday began asking customers for $1 donations to the American Red Cross for Texas relief at checkout. Some Wells Fargo branches also were asking customers to donate $1 to the fund.
The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County has established an emergency relief fund. Those who wish to donate can do so online at jewishboca.org/give/hurricane harvey
Donations also can be made by calling 561-852-5002 or by sending a check with the notation “Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund” to JFSPBC, 9901 Donna Klein Blvd., Boca Raton, Fla., 33428.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami is accepting monetary donations through its website, ccadm.org. Catholic Charities, in conjunction with Catholic Charities USA, also will send staff to help with the relief efforts, spokeswoman Maria Rivas said.
In addition, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army each have three ways to donate:
Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-733-2767 or text “HARVEY” to 90999.
Visit helpsalvationarmy.org, call 1-800-725-2769 or text “STORM” to 51555.
Shari and Steve Sitkoff donate supplies at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach. The donation drive continues there through Sept. 6.
Jim Leljedal stands on one of the airboats headed to Houston for relief efforts Tuesday at Sawgrass Recreation Park.
Wendy Moses, left, and her three children bring goods to Sawgrass Recreation Park on Tuesday. Jim Leljedal, center, and Journi Moses, right, help unload the items, which will be sent to Houston.
Jim Leljedal, a former longtime spokesman for the Broward Sheriff ’s Office, stands aboard one of the airboats that will be going to Houston.