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Fulton VFW helps after Harvey

Fulton VFW helps after Harvey

September 12th, 2017 by Helen Wilbers in Local News

The VFW is collecting supplies to send to Bay City, Texas, for Hurricane Harvey relief. Here, Daniel Blackburn, left, Larry Underwood, Curt McDonald and post commander Wayne Bill stand with the trailer that will carry the supplies.

Members of the Fulton VFW Post 2657 are collecting items for Hurricane Harvey survivors in Texas.

"I want to fill up our 28-foot trailer," Larry Underwood, member and drive organizer, said.

Locals have until next Tuesday to bring items to donate, Underwood said. Acceptable items include baby formula, diapers, nonperishable food items like canned goods, work gloves, cleaning products and items to help clear debris (such as chainsaws).

"They can just bring their donation and walk it into the trailer," Underwood said. "The local businesses are really helping out."

Henderson Implement Company has donated a chainsaw. The VFW will also accept monetary donations, which will be used to purchase more goods, he added.

Clothes will not be accepted because the process to sort clothes by gender and size is too labor-intensive, Underwood said.

The truck will depart for a VFW post in Bay City, Texas.

"We called around to five or six (posts), and they're the one that need the most help," Underwood said.

Volunteers Curt McDonald and Daniel Blackburn will drive the truck down.

Underwood began planning the relief effort before Hurricane Irma appeared. He said the VFW will hold to its plan and deliver the goods to Texas, rather than redirecting them to Florida.

According to an Accuweather report, damages to Texas caused by Harvey could amount to $190 billion or more. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has offered a similar estimate of $150-180 billion.