North Point-Edge­mere VFD col­lects do­na­tions for Har­vey vic­tims

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By MIA MCCASLIN mm­c­caslin@ches­pub.com

The Dis­trict 6 Del­e­ga­tion team — State Sen. Johnny Ray Salling and Dels. Bob Long, Robin Gram­mer, and Ric Met­z­gar (all R-6)— teamed up with the North Point-Edge­mere Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment to pro­vide relief for the Texas vic­tims of Hur­ri­cane Har­vey.

Start­ing on Sept. 1, the fire depart­ment be­gan ac­cept­ing do­na­tions of food, water, cloth­ing, and other var­i­ous sup­plies to ben­e­fit those who had lost power, shel­ter, and other pos­ses­sions dur­ing the mo­men­tous storm.

“Ev­ery time we would sit down the bell would ring telling us we had some­one else here to drop off sup­plies,” said Michael Kar­avas of the Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment.

“With all the neg­a­tiv­ity in the world it’s nice to see the com­mu­nity come to­gether to help peo­ple like this.”

On Thurs­day, Sept. 7, the Dis­trict 6 team came to the fire­house to help the fire depart­ment ac­cept do­na­tions.

“It’s a shame that some­thing like this had to hap­pen, but I’m glad that it can bring us to­gether,” Sen. Salling said.

“I was amazed how ev­ery­one came to­gether,” Del. Long added.

Although the hur­ri­cane re- lief re­quested that any do­nated cloth­ing be held, the non­per­ish­able food items were sent in lieu.

Lo­cal busi­ness owner, Buddy McGowan, do­nated the tow mo­tor, trac­tor trailer, and the trans­porta­tion down to Texas.

The fi­nal do­na­tions filled a 53 ft trac­tor trailer.

PHOTO BY MIA MCCASLIN

Del. Bob Long (left) op­er­ated the tow mo­tor to help load the pal­let trucks with the as­sis­tance of State Sen. Johnny Ray Salling (right).

One of the re­quested do­na­tions was for pet food, and the com­mu­nity of Dun­dalk de­liv­ered.

PHO­TOS BY MIA MCCASLIN Del. Ric Met­z­gar helped fam­i­lies un­load the do­na­tions they brought to the fire­house.

A va­ri­ety of do­na­tions were made from clothes to water bot­tles to small pieces of fur­ni­ture.

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