September 19, 2017

Heard County students and staff donate to Texas hurricane victims

13 members of Southwire’s Project GIFT recently drove to Bellaire, Texas, to distribute much needed supplies to victims of Hurricane Harvey after successfully collecting more than 10 tractor trailers full of non-perishable items. (Photo: Southwireblog.com)

(Franklin, GA) — In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which has caused record levels of catastrophic flooding and damage in Houston, Texas and the surrounding areas, Southwire’s Project GIFT hosted a disaster relief collection from Wednesday, August 30 until Friday, September 1.

The collection was held in the parking lot of the Walmart Supercenter in Carrollton.

Heard County Schools came together as ‘One Brave Nation’ with generous donations from all the schools in the county to be a part of Southwire’s Project GIFT.

Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 storm, damaging homes, businesses and other establishments before stalling over Houston. It is estimated that at least 450,000 people will request assistance from the damage.

“We have employees, family, neighbors and friends in the Houston area. Thankfully, all our employees are safe at this time, but we stand ready to help in the days to come,” said Kristian C. Whittington, Southwire’s manager of employee engagement and communications and Project GIFT coordinator.

“Project GIFT began as an outlet to serve those suffering in the wake of disaster, and we continue to focus our efforts in that same spirit of giving back.”

Items accepted through the collection include bottled water, paper goods, cleaning supplies, non-perishable food, baby items, pet supplies, personal hygiene products, ice chests and more.

“Our community continues to show its unity and strength during times of natural disaster,” said Whittington.

On Thursday, Sept. 7, thirteen members of Southwire’s Project GIFT drove to Bellaire, Texas, to distribute much-needed supplies to victims of Hurricane Harvey after successfully collecting more than 10 tractor trailers full of non-perishable food items, bottled water, hygiene products and more from throughout the organization.

Among the volunteers were Centralhatchee Mayor Barbie Crockett and Heard County School System Board Member Mike Crockett.

Southwire’s Project GIFT hosted a supply distribution on Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9 in partnership with JD Martin and Crosspoint Church. The distribution was held from 8AM-6PM each day at Crosspoint Church located at 4601 Bellaire Blvd Bellaire, Texas.

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