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Effort underway to help Harvey victims

Efforts are being made locally to help those in need in Texas after the path of destruction left by Hurricane Harvey as a truck to donate supplies to will be located in Demopolis and Linden starting on Wednesday, Sept. 6.

“We’re inviting everyone to come out and help with raising of supplies for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas,” said Marengo County Commissioner Freddie Armstead. “What we’re trying to do is get water, baby food and baby supplies and anything of that nature.”

The truck will be located at in the Vowell’s parking lot in Demopolis and a U-Haul truck to carry supplies will also be in Papa Food’s parking lot in Linden.

Only item donations will be accepted, no monetary gifts are donations will be taken are accepted by any volunteer in either location.

“If anybody brings money, we’d just ask them to go in the store to buy a gallon of water and bring it back as their donation to help people from the storm,” said Armstead.

While Armstead did call the meeting to organize the effort, he called on leaders from local churches, elected officials and media personnel to rally the community effort to help the Texans decimated by the effects of Harvey. The meeting was held at Kora’s Place Restaurant.

“This is not an individual or political thing. We’re just trying to helps someone in need right now and we felt like if we were in this situation they would help us also,” said Armstead.

(This article originally published in the Wednesday, Sept. 6, print edition of the Demopolis Times.)