Texas Relief Drive donations arrive in Houston

12 Salutes Local Veterans on WPRI.com

HOUSTON (WPRI) – After a journey of more than 1,800 miles, Southern New Englanders’ donations from this month’s Texas Relief Drive have arrived in Houston to assist those rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey.

The drive, held Sept. 11 at four local Cardi’s Furniture and Mattresses locations, collected $360,000 worth of construction and cleaning supplies. WPRI 12 and Fox Providence teamed up with Cardi’s and Arpin Van Lines to collect the donations and transport them to Texas.

The first 53-foot truck arrived Monday and was unloaded at a Gallery Furniture store in the Houston area, and storm victims immediately started stopping by to pick up supplies and express gratitude to those who sent them.

“That’s just the beginning of Rhode Island’s generosity,” said Allen Taylor of Arpin Van Lines. “I mean, those people are just so tremendous in giving – it’s like they’ve been through Sandy when Sandy was up north.”

DONATE: Help WPRI 12, Nexstar Support the Red Cross Relief Efforts »

“It’s a blessing to be able to see that firsthand, where people drive hundreds of miles and thousands of miles to help – that kind of shows who we are as people,” said Steve Salazar, a manager at the Gallery store.

There are currently 70,000 Texans displaced from their homes and living in transitional housing through FEMA, and officials say donations like these can make a big difference.

“To this day there’s still areas where people are still not able to get back in their homes,” Salazar said. “The good thing about it is for most of the areas, the water has receded to where now it’s a big cleanup effort.”

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


Download Mobile Apps from WPRI 12
DOWNLOAD APPS NOW: Apple App Store | Google Play Store

Veteran's Voices: Honoring Those Who Serve

More Veterans Voices

Coronavirus: Complete Coverage

More Coronavirus

Dan Yorke State of Mind: Dan's Daily Update

DYSOM 10/26/2020: Michael DiBiase

More Dan Yorke State of Mind

Don't Miss

Viewer Pa on WPRI.com


More Live Cams

Community Events & Happenings

More Community

The Border Report Tour

More Border Report Tour