Bobby's Portable Restrooms stepping up for Harvey victims in White Marsh

Posted at 11:16 PM, Aug 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-31 07:35:59-04

Bob Lang is famous for his toilets to-go at Bobby's Portable Restrooms. When it comes to times of crisis in Houston, nature is calling him down a different path.

"There's a real need. People need the support. People need the clothing, the food," Lang said.

This week, Lang is collecting perishable goods, pet food and hygiene products for Hurricane Harvey victims outside his Pulaski Highway headquarters.

On Thursday they will be collection donations from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

He's also getting help from several partnering businesses and organizations like Boy Scout Troop 247.

"It just makes me want to help them because it's so unfortunate," said scout Sam Zito.

His brother Pete adds, "It's the right thing to do. The people in Texas are suffering and they need our help."

Wednesday, the scouts held signs along the side of the road asking for donation drop-offs. By the end of the day, piles of bottled water, food, diapers and more spread across the parking lot. There was even a surprise donation Andrews Air Force Base, which gave dozens of boxes.

"They said this was surplus food," Lang said. "They wanted it to go to somebody who was going to use it instead of being thrown away."

Just like during his trip to New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, Lang will be delivering the goods personally aboard a trailer from the Pete Store of Baltimore.

"We want to make sure that it gets in the right hands. We want to make sure it goes to people who need it instead of it going somewhere else and them wasting the food," said Lang.

Lang is also coordinating with the Bel-Air Volunteer Fire Department to transport donations being collected there. He says his volunteers will be back out in the parking lot taking in drop-offs Thursday Aug. 31 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.