Bring­ing re­lief by the truck­load

South Florid­i­ans do­ing part to aid Texas flood vic­tims

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - FRONT PAGE - By Brooke Baitinger and Lisa J. Huri­ash Staff writ­ers Staff writ­ers Anne Geg­gis, Brett Clark­son, Su­san­nah Bryan, Ryan Van Velzer and Wayne Rous­tan and staff re­searcher Bar­bara Hi­jek con­trib­uted to this re­port. Brooke Baitinger:

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 jew­ish­­ri­cane 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, 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 red­, call 1-800-733-2767 or text “HAR­VEY” to 90999.

Visit help­sal­va­tion­, 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.

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