TOLEDO (13abc Action News) – Harvey continues to carve a path of destruction throughout the Houston area. So how can people in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan help those devastated by Harvey? There are a lot of of different ways to do that, including a donation to the American Red Cross. There are also a number of local churches and businesses working to help.
Even though there are more than 1,300 miles between Toledo and Houston, so many of you have asked how can I get involved in the effort to help. A number of local churches and businesses have made it easy to do. And you don’t need a lot of money to make a big difference in someone’s life.
The images from Houston are horrifying and heartbreaking.
Flooding of epic proportions, and the water just keeps coming. The video of the immense tragedy has spurred a lot of people, businesses and churches to take action. One of those places is the Church on Strayer. Pastor Tony Scott leads the congregation,”What we can all do is pray and we can all pitch in and we can all give. All of us can do something. We are the most giving and generous nation in the world.”
The church is taking donations for Impact With Hope, a locally-based organization that helps people in times of need all over the world, “Anyone can come to the church and drop things off. We’re ready to take care of all of it and make sure it gets to Texas.”
Pastor Scott says as difficult as it may be to believe right now, good will come out of this tragedy, “This is the time when the church really shines, when people of faith step up and we see it all across the nation. In this nation, these kinds of disasters bring us together, they don’t divide us.”
The effort to help is far reaching. Camping World is ready to help in a big way. There are donation bins in all the stores like the one in Rossford for new or gently used clothing for adults and children.
You can also make a donation to the Red Cross at the register The company will match donations through Labor Day.
Jennifer Rudey is a Retail Office Assistant, “Camping World is matching donations up to $2 million, company wide. Even just rounding up your purchase helps. Every little bit makes a difference, and it all adds up.”
.In our area, a number of organizations are partnering with Impact With Hope. They’re looking for items like tarps, non-perishable food and cleanup supplies like shovels and gloves. They also need personal hygiene items like toothbrushes and diapers.
There are several drop off sites. As we mentioned, the Church On Strayer in Maumee, McCord Road Christian Church in Sylvania, and of course the Impact With Hope headquarters in Waterville.