Local efforts underway to help Hurricane Harvey victims

Allen Harim Public Relations Director Cathy Bassett and driver Ronald Ringgold, a 19-year company employee, set out Thursday morning for storm-devastated Houston, Texas with a truck-load of 40,000 pounds of chicken.

SUSSEX COUNTY – Catastrophic flooding in Texas spawned by Hurricane Harvey is drawing response across America.

Southern Delaware is on the humanitarian support list.

This morning, 40,000 pounds of chicken processed at Allen Harim’s Harbeson facility was placed on a truck bound for hurricane-devastated Houston.

This morning, an Allen Harim truck loaded with 40,000 pounds of chicken was scheduled to leave Allen Harim’s Harbeson plant bound for Houston, Texas, one of the areas devastated by the historic flood event.

The chicken will be donated to Operation BBQ Relief, an organization that has mobilized and is on the ground in Texas feeding first responders and those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, according to Allen Harim Director of Public Relations Catherine M. Bassett.

The truck should be arriving on Saturday.

Ms. Bassett said she will be traveling on the truck and volunteering on the ground with Operation BBQ Relief until Tuesday.

CHEER partnering with Joshua House

Sussex County-based CHEER, Inc. has partnered with Joshua House Ministries of Dagsboro and is offering its activity centers in Sussex County as drop-off points for donations to be sent to Texas and Louisiana for victims of Hurricane Harvey.

For the next few weeks, people can bring donations to centers located in Georgetown (302-515-3040), Greenwood (302-349-5237), Lewes (302-645-9239), Long Neck (302-945-3551); Milton (302-684-4819), Ocean View (302-539-2671) and Roxana (302-732-3662).

Joshua House Ministries will transport the items to the disaster areas.

Items needed include: non-perishable canned goods (canned vegetables, canned fruits, juices, canned meats), Boost, Ensure and water; Personal items – tooth brushes and tooth paste, mouth wash, denture crème, combs and brushes, deodorant, body wipes, Depends, Pampers, baby powder, and baby wipes.

Donations should not include clothing.  No money or gift cards will be collected at the CHEER centers.

Blood Drive

The Blood Bank of Delmarva (BBD) is making an urgent request for blood donations to assist those impacted by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and along the Gulf Coast.

The Blood Bank is seeking to meet the request for 2,000-plus units of blood to assist fellow blood banks in Texas and across the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The historic storm has impacted blood collection in Texas. Patients still need blood and blood products to survive.

Individuals with O Positive, O Negative, A Negative and B Negative blood types are urged to make a blood donation this week. The Blood Bank is also in need of platelet donors as well.

Call 1-888-8-BLOOD-8 or visit https://donate.bbd.org/ to book an appointment.

Hampton Inn Milford

Hampton Inn in Milford is pitching in with a collection drive.

The hotel off Del. 1 this week launched the drive, seeking public donation of food, water, clothes, blankets, pet supplies, toiletries, school supplies, baby supplies or other essentials.

The needs request includes tools such as rakes and shovels plus tarps, said Mandy Baker, sales director at the Milford Hampton Inn.

A bulletin board inside the hotel asks guests and the public to “Help us help Houston.”

Hampton Inn staff and employees have made donations to kick-start the drive.

“And we are trying to do a blood drive. We’re waiting on information on that,” said Ms. Baker.

Donations can be dropped off at the front desk of the Hampton Inn located at 100 Lighthouse Estates Drive.

Items collected will be trucked to Houston.

Ms. Baker said Marley Buonopane, Hampton Inn Milford’s general manager, is working with a company to possibly map out logistics for delivery. Another option would be a truck rental.

The collection drive is ongoing.

“We’re going to run it until they no longer need supplies,” said Ms. Baker.

Perdue commits to feeding people, pets

Perdue announced Thursday it has committed a minimum of one million pounds of protein to support relief efforts in Houston and surrounding communities in southeastern Texas following historic flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

Donated protein will be directed to local Feeding America-affiliated food banks and the Houston Independent School District.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those people affected by this developing tragedy,” said Steve Evans, president of Perdue Foods. “The images of suffering are heartbreaking and we’re compelled to do our part to help. We hope that our donation will provide some level of comfort to those impacted. We know the recovery process will be long and difficult for many, and Perdue will continue to look for ways to assist.”

As part of Perdue’s ongoing commitment to Feeding America, approximately half of the protein donation will be distributed to food banks in the Houston area, and Victoria and San Antonio, Texas. Rescue efforts are also under way for pets and animals. Perdue has donated nearly 68,000 pounds of its Spot Farms® brand dehydrated dog food to Feeding America.

“As families in Houston and other areas in Texas that were devastated by Hurricane Harvey struggle to reclaim their communities, Feeding America is grateful to partners like Perdue that respond quickly with valuable product,” said Bill Thomas, chief supply chain officer at Feeding America.  “Perdue’s contribution of fresh and frozen protein will provide nourishment through feeding sites to Texans who have been forced to evacuate as well as help fill meal boxes for those in their homes but recovering from the damage.  Their donation of pet food recognizes the importance of feeding the whole family.”

In addition, the Houston Independent School District will receive 500,000 pounds of protein to assist feed victims and first responders through a network of nine feeding center in surrounding communities.

As HISD Nutrition Officer Betti Wiggins explains, “So many people – our students and their families, employees, and the community at-large – have lost so much. They’re worried about basic things, like shelter and how to start the rebuilding process. The donation from Perdue Farms will help us to feed them good, nutritious food and that will be one less thing for them to worry about.”

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