by Debbie Griffin
Hurricane Harvey made landfall for the first time Saturday, Aug. 25, bringing with it devastating winds, rainfall and flooding.
Zimmerman-based Da-Ran, Inc. decided Aug. 29 it would collect at least a semi-truckload of goods for hurricane victims in Texas, and since it announced the news, people in the area have stepped up to expand the effort.
The trucking company will take in items until Tuesday, Sept. 5, when it leaves with the load for Texas. Julie Bollig-Ericson of Da-Ran said the items should arrive on Thursday, Sept. 7.
Ericson said the company does not have ties to Texas but had been talking about the devastation and decided to do something. They thought: “Well, we have the means to transport things…” Staff members began calling around Tuesday morning, Aug. 29, to the American Red Cross and other places to see where items could be delivered.
“We have a church in Houston that’s willing to take it all,” said Ericson, “and they’re very excited.”
Da-Ran will carry the load(s) to the Houston First Baptist Church and posted on its Facebook page the list of items most needed: New pillows, blankets, underwear, socks, T-shirts, washcloths, towels, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, deodorant, diapers, Depends, baby food, baby formula, non-perishable foods, bottled water, blue tarps and dog and cat food.
The company will accept cash donations and use them to fill in any gaps; people can make checks payable to Da-Ran employee Julie Ericson.
Connie Hamman of Remax in Princeton said she read the post and volunteered to be a local drop-off point at 105 Sixth Avenue South. Hamman said people are welcome to bring items to the office during business hours or even put things into her truck outside. She said she’d take items to Da-Ran from Princeton.
People may also drop off items at Da-Ran,.12280 255th Avenue NW, Zimmerman, during business hours 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ericson said the hurricane-relief post from Aug. 29 is gaining a lot of attention. She agrees everyone probably feels as though they want to do something to help but don’t know what or how. Da-Ran has considered that it may end up filling more than one semi-truck.
“We said we needed enough to fill one (truck), but we have more if they’re needed.” Ericson said.