Harvey relief efforts underway

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The massive flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston and East Texas has spurred a nationwide outpouring of support for the impacted areas.

Donations are pouring into national organizations such as the Red Cross to help the thousands who have lost their homes as a result of the high water.

Marshall County businesses and government agencies are doing their part to provide what support they can as well.

The Lewisburg Fire Department is coordinating an effort to collect hygiene items for victims of the flooding.

According to Fire Chief Larry Williams, the department is gathering non-perishable items, particularly toiletries and hygiene items, to send to Texas around Sept. 14.

Donation sites are at Walmart, Marvin’s, First Commerce Bank, the main fire hall, and the Lewisburg Recreation Center.

Persons dropping off items at the Rec Center will receive a one-day pass for either the gym and walking track or the fitness room, said Director Cary Whitesell.

CKNA is also sponsoring a “stuff the truck” drive at their locations in Lewisburg, Shelbyville, and Smyrna.

Employees have been provided a list of food and cleaning items, as well as diapers and formula, to collect by Sept. 13 to send to Texas.

The general public can also take part by dropping off those items at the guard shacks of any of the three plants.