Don’t Mess With Texas!

Volunteer-0Somehow Hurricane Harvey missed the memo. Fortunately, Bolivar was spared any significant damage from the most recent hurricane. But the devastation caused by Harvey is still wreaking havoc on our neighbors. Houston will continue to work on the recovery efforts and rebuilding from all the damage that is still breaking apart the great metropolis. And even closer to home, our neighbors to the east are suffering under the weight of the water dumped in the area. There is massive flooding in the Golden Triangle of Beaumont, Port Arthur, and Orange.

So naturally, as Texans do, the people of Bolivar are helping. A grassroots effort to assist our neighbors was started by several concerned Bolivar residents. A donation station has been set up in a donated space in the Crystal Beach Plaza. Volunteers are working tirelessly to receive donated items for distribution to the flood victims. Various items being collected range from clothing, water, diapers, medical supplies, and just about anything else you can think of that the victims and volunteers could use. Items began showing up from all over Texas and other states. Once the items are sorted, they are then loaded onto volunteers’ trucks and trailers for transport to shelters in the Golden Triangle. The showing of support has been tremendous, but there is still so much that we can do and give.

The Distribution Center in Crystal Beach Plaza is a staging center for donated items received from all over Texas and beyond.

The Distribution Center in Crystal Beach Plaza is a staging center for donated items received from all over Texas and beyond.

The Mays Family donated and delivered a trailer full of needed supplies, including water, trash bags, bleach, and infant needs.

The Mays Family donated and delivered a trailer full of needed supplies, including water, trash bags, bleach, and infant needs.

A trailer load of supplies heading to a relief center in Port Arthur.

A trailer load of supplies heading to a relief center in Port Arthur.

Volunteers of all ages joined in to help loading and unloading supplies.

Volunteers of all ages joined in to help loading and unloading supplies.

Volunteer Firemen from Coryell City, Turnerville, and Taylor VFDs came to Bolivar to help with the relief. Here they are distributing ice to local residents.

Volunteer Firemen from Coryell City, Turnerville, and Taylor VFDs came to Bolivar to help with the relief. Here they are distributing ice to local residents.

There are too many dedicated volunteers to mention all the names, but we would like to mention Jeanie Millender for her unending efforts in managing the distribution center and relaying information from those in need and the many aspects in which we can help. Find her on Facebook.

If you wish to donate items and/or volunteer your time, go to Crystal Beach Plaza, 2275 HWY 87, Suite 16, 9am to 5pm. Please consider donating. We need to stick together – pay it forward. Because, this is Texas!
[9-4-2017]

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2 Responses to “Don’t Mess With Texas!”

  1. Teresa & Doug Close says:

    So good to hear things are good on the peninsula, it hasn’t been on the news. Thanks for participating in relief for the hard hit areas!

  2. Linda C. Elissalde says:

    Thank you, wonderful volunteers. You are a bright light in a dark old world. We are certainly fortunate to have these fine people in our midst.

    With a grateful heart,
    Linda C. Elissalde

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