Valley collecting supplies for Harvey victims | Local News

Alesha Wise said she cried when she saw the heartbreaking images on TV of flooding in Texas.

“My 12-year-old son was also upset,” she said Wednesday.

The employee of Derry Beverage in Washingtonville and business owner Ruth Reeder decided to hold a collection for victims of Tropical Storm Harvey through Saturday morning.

Reeder will donate a pallet of gallon jugs of water and a pallet of bottled water.

“She’s donating everything from her basement,” Wise said.

Wise is donating four large bags of clothing and canned foods.

“I have already gotten four calls today,” she said.

She also emailed her son’s teachers in the Danville school district about the collection and planned to have fliers available for distribution to students today. Wise has kids at the Danville Primary School, Liberty-Valley Intermediate School and the Danville Middle School.

“We are hoping to get the word out,” she said.

“I know we are a little town, but everything helps,” Wise said.

They are accepting all kinds of items, including canned goods, clothing, pet food and household articles such as silverware.

“These people lost everything,” she said.

A man from New York, who has two rental trucks, will pick up the items Saturday morning. He and his fiancee, who works at a hospital and has been able to gather some medical supplies, will drive the supplies to Texas.

Items can be dropped off at Derry Beverage, 1660 Continental Blvd. — Route 54 — from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

About 12 miles away at Revival Tabernacle Church near Watsontown, church members are filling a tractor-trailer with supplies to take to an affiliated church in Humble, Texas, in the Houston metropolitan area, the area hardest hit by Harvey flooding. 

The Rev. James R. Bond, pastor of Revival Tabernacle, said donations are coming in to fill the first of what he hopes will be three trailers.

“We have places all over the Valley that are acting as drop sites,” Bond said. “Businesses and residents are calling.”

TC Sports Star, Point Township, created a banner for the front of the truck that reads, “Houston disaster relief donation 570-538-2000.” 

Anyone who wants to donate supplies can take them to the church at 960 Susquehanna Trail from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Friday.

Bond is asking church members to at least bring a case of water and some supplies. The supplies needed…

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