Local Efforts Put in Place to Help Texas Citizens


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Tropical Storm Harvey hit Texas earlier last week, causing major flooding to the area. The catastrophic storm’s death toll has reached at least 20 according to several major news entities.

Even though the devastating event may be over 1,000 miles away from both Carbon and Emery Counties, local community members have rallied together to try and help those in need. A Godfrey semi-truck has been provided and will be taking donations that are locally gathered in Carbon County and will be taken to Texas on Thursday.

Donations in Carbon County can be dropped off at Hard Hat Furniture, located at 21 West Main Street in Price. Items that are suggested to donate are listed down below.

– Ready to eat food: Canned food, water, baby formula/food, diapers, blankets/sleeping bags, dog/cat food, bug spray, solar battery packs (online $13), phones chargers, pillows, coats/jackets, sand bags, sweats and wet wipes.

-Clothing (new & used all sizes): Plus size, underwear (new), socks (new) and shoes.

-Hygiene Supplies: Toothpaste, toothbrush, hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, razors, shaving cream, hair brush and feminine products.

Flood buckets can also be donated. The items can also be anything that is not listed.

The truck will be leaving at 4 p.m. Thursday evening. However, items will still be collected and then sent out the following weekend.

In Emery County, donations can be made at Emery County Care and Rehabilitation Center located at 455 West Mill Road in Ferron. This donation drive is seeking items such as new pillows, blankets, dippers of all sizes, baby formula, clothing, shoes and non-perishable supplies such as canned food. However, any donation will be accepted and appreciated. Barrels will be set up in front of the care center where the donations can be placed.

Articles of clothing, food, etc. are not the only things that can be donated to help those in need. There are several websites that are taking money donations such as the America Red Cross website. Local residents are advised to do research before donating to any organization, keeping in mind many illegitimate organizations trying to gather money.

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