Jarrettsville residents gather supplies, food for Hurricane Harvey flood victims

Posted at 4:33 PM, Sep 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-01 17:49:22-04

After seeing the images and videos in Texas, the people in Jarrettsville say they couldn’t stand by any longer and they wanted to help.

As if on cue, the donations rolled in on Friday – from a few bags to a lot of boxes.

“You get all choked up. It’s that overwhelming,” Alan Moyer, who’s putting together a food drive for victims of Hurricane Harvey, said.

He said he felt compelled to do something after seeing the damage unfold from the flooding in Texas.

It’s why he teamed up with Bill and Susan Stevenson. They run the Jarrettsville Creamery.

“It started out really small. I just wanted to take a motorcycle trailer down to Houston and just do something. I got ahold of Bill and Susan and it just escalated there,” Alan said.

“The donations are already pouring in as you can see. As long as you’ve been here today. It’s been overwhelming. It’s always been supportive,” Bill said, referring to the people in Jarrettsville and the supplies they’ve brought.

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It’s been a groundswell of support from companies all around. There have even been donations from a company in Philadelphia.

The destruction touched people in Jarrettsville with ties to Texas.

“One of my daughters has a close friend that is down in the Houston area. I think of him and his family,” Joanna Miller, a donor, said.

…and those who just wanted to help.

“I can’t imagine living like that. It’s absolutely nothing – they have nothing left. They need all the help they can get,” Lee, a donor, said.

Every little bit of help.

A mantra that those at the creamery pride themselves on when times get tough.

“However small it may be as far as what we can do here in our community in relation to our community. It all helps and that’s what matters to us,” Bill said.

There are two ‘at will’ donations jars placed inside of the creamery from now until September 12th. All of the money raised in excess of actual travel costs incurred by volunteers traveling to Houston will be presented in the form of a check to those in need.

Also until Sept. 12, the creamery will be accepting donations of non-perishable items, water, pet food, baby food, and toiletries.

Then on Thursday, Sept. 7, the creamery will be hosting a “Helping Hands for Harvey Victims” fundraiser from 5 p.m. to 9pm.. 10 percent of all sales will be donated to the victims of Harvey.