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Donations sought for survivors

American Legion hopes to send supplies to hurricane victims
For many families affected by the disaster of Hurricane Ike, hope has become a necessity.
Receiving help isn’t just wishful thinking – they are depending on it and one local group is working to make sure help is on the way.
Every day items like clothing, water and food have become precious commodities for many and having enough of those items is a constant struggle. The Ennis American Legion is working to help with that effort as they continue to collect non-perishable food items and water as well as personal hygiene items to take to the evacuees in Houston.
Legion post commander Dan Cook said the efforts of the community so far have been tremendous and very appreciated, but he is hoping to collect more food items before sending the goods to Houston.
“We have received boxes and bags of clothes to send to the evacuees, which we are very thankful for,” he said. “We are working on making sure we have enough water and food to match the donation of clothes. Our goal is to keep collecting water, non-perishable food items as well as personal hygiene items that we will then send to the American Legion Post 490, which will help get the items to where they need to go.”
The legion post where the items will be taken is currently being used by FEMA as a headquarters for their relief operations so Cook is confident the items will get to where they need to go and he is glad to be able to help the families devastated by this tragedy.
“Members of the post have taken on this campaign because we care about the people the hurricane displaced,” he said. “Some of these people literally have nothing and starting over without a little help is very hard to do. We hope that what we do will make a difference in the lives of the people who receive the supplies.”
In their efforts to collect supplies, post members are asking for donations of non-perishable food items, first aid kits, diapers, over the counter medicine and anything that might be needed for every day use. The donations will be stored at the legion post until enough items have been collected to fill a semi-truck trailer, which will then be driven to Houston for distribution.
The efforts of the legion post members, the use of the truck and the time of the driver have all been given as a donation and the group is hoping to find more volunteers within the city.
“We know how the community pulls together for each other in a time of need,” Cook said. “What we are hoping for is that the community shows that generous spirit to our fellow Texans as they try to rebuild their lives and get back to a normal living situation. If any churches or other groups would like to help out with this campaign, we would welcome their involvement.”
The Legion Post, 706 Rumbo Road will be the drop off and storage location for any donations given throughout the city and Cook wants to thank the community in advance for their efforts on behalf of the people who will benefit from it.
For more information, contact Dan Cook at 972-951-1558 or 972-875-6436.

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