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FOX10 News Together for Texas: Hurricane Harvey relief

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MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

Donations are coming in to "Fox10 News Together for Texas" flood relief campaign with the Volunteers of America.

The campaign just started Friday, and people have begun bringing needed supplies.

Marvin and Pat Driggers and their three year old granddaughter, Paisley Marie, came to the Volunteers of America office Friday morning at 600 Azalea Road bringing mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies to help those devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

Pat Driggers said, "We've been there before.  We know what it's like.  We've never flooded before, but we've been through several hurricanes."

"Fox10 News Together for Texas" is not just a one day effort.

We have until next Friday to fill a trailer to bring to Texas.

Amanda Gonzales with Volunteers of America said, "We know how it feels to be on the other end of this and to have the devastation from a hurricane. So we immediately contacted out affiliate in Texas, Volunteers of America Texas, and asked how we could help.  And that's how our drive started." 

And the group is also collecting gift cards and money to send to Texas.

Gonzales said, "A hundred percent of your cash donation will go straight to Texas.  We have set up an account where we will not be taking operating fees on this. and, so all of your money will be sent straight to help those folks affected by the storms."

The VOA will accept donations from 8 to 4 Monday through Friday, including Labor Day.

For Pat Driggers and her family, It's a labor of love.

She said, "It's just a tragedy. It's just a horrible thing to look at on TV and to see. and we worry about everybody over there in Texas.  And its America. We're America." 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

FOX10 News is partnering with Volunteers of America Southeast to provide relief to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Volunteers of America Southeast, who is working closely with Volunteers of America of Texas to ensure donations collected are distributed to those in need, is now accepting donations.

Donations will be accepted beginning today through Friday, September 8. Items can be dropped off at Volunteers of America which is located at 600 Azalea Road, Mobile, 36609 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.  The truck will depart for Houston on Saturday, September 9. 

“It is with a heavy heart that we have started a cash and in-kind donation drive,” said Wallace T. Davis, President and CEO of VOASE.  “It seems like yesterday that we were on the other end helping folks who fell victim of Hurricane Katrina.  We understand the emotions, stress, and devastation from our experience and are doing all we can to help our friends in Texas.” 

The following is a suggested list of items that are needed:

Mops
Buckets
Square shovels
Washing detergent 
Dish detergent (liquid soap) 
Hand wipes 
Gloves 
Sponges 
Disinfectants 
Trash bags (heavy duty) 
First aid items 
Insect repellant 
Box fans 
Diapers/Wipes 
Undergarments (New) 
Gift cards in $20 increments or lower 
Cash donations can be made at www.voase.org 

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