Locals organize Harvey Relief efforts


GALLIA COUNTY — Several groups are working locally to help raise funds and supplies to assist with the relief effort in Houston after Hurricane Harvey caused severe damage and flooding to the area.

David Bradley with the Red Cross encourages people to give efficiently.

“People should get in contact with someone in Houston and see what they actually need,” said Bradley. This prevents unnecessary items building up in Houston and being wasted. To help with the relief effort through a local organization, get in contact with one of these groups below.

River Valley High School Beta

River Valley BETA Club is taking up collections to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. They began taking donations Saturday night at the Ohio Valley Bank Community Bowl and are continuing through Sept. 30. BETA members will be taking up cleaning supplies to donate through BETA clubs in Texas, which is one of the biggest states for the extra-curricular program in the country.

BETA advisor Amy Stanley was approached by several members about helping the hurricane victims, so Stanley reached out to the National BETA office and was put in contact with the State Chair of BETA in Texas. Since shipping is currently difficult in Texas, the group decided on cleaning supplies for its use and long term potential.

“We are always looking for new ways to serve others,” said Stanley. One of the core tenants of BETA is community serving and helping others. To learn more, contact the school at 740-446-2926.

The Colony Club

This Friday, the Colony Club in Gallipolis is hosting the popular band Stratus from Charleston, W.Va. The group is a a rhythm and blues, jazz, and funk group. Jo Loyd, general manager, band member, and Gallipolis resident, reached out to the Colony Club to inquire about doing a charity performance there. The band Stratus has been together for over 40 years and has traveled all over the world performing their music.

“The Colony was available for booking so we just booked the show there,” Lloyd said. “We hope there is a good turnout.”

The show is $5 at the door and there will be an offer for donations. All funds collected at the door and through donations will be going to The Greater Houston Community Foundation. Start time is 6:30 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m. Stratus regularly performs at Charleston musical festival, Live on the Levee. For more information about The Greater Houston Community Foundation please visit ghcf.org.

University of Rio Grande

Students at University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College can make donations online through the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Ohio as a part of the Ohio to Texas campaign. To make a donation, visit their Gofundme page at https://www.gofundme.com/kindness-matters-ohio-students-helping-texas-students. They set a goal of $5,000 and are halfway there as of press time.

Cheshire Baptist Church

Chesire Baptist Church is collecting donations that will be shipped directly to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. A 53-foot long trailer will be at the church in Cheshire Saturday and will leave when it is full. The church hopes to fill two, full-length trailers with goods and supplies. Foster Sales is supplying the trailer and has agreed to transport it to Texas well.

Items the church is collecting include: fans, shop vacs, shovels and rakes, trash bags, cleaning supplies, paper products, under garments, hair dryers, diapers, insect repellent, baby supplies, towels and wash clothes, water, buckets, personal hygiene products, toys, canned foods, rubber gloves, bleach, clothes, and Bibles. They ask that items be new and in boxes for easy shipment. Jon Thompson is a Deacon at CBC and is heading the program.

“We do it for two reasons,” Thompson said. “One, because it is commanded for us to do. Number two, we are so blessed in this country, they don’t have anything and we have everything. We’re passing along the Lord’s bounty.”

Miranda Wood contributed to this story.

By Morgan McKinniss

mmckinniss@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108 or mmckinniss@aimmediamidwest.com.