Marylanders helping victims of Hurricane Harvey

Posted at 5:14 PM, Aug 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-29 17:42:39-04
In the aftermath of the Baltimore Riots, help came in the form of donations from the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company, and the same person who led that effort, EMS Kristine Davis, is leading a new drive with family members in mind that live in the city of Montgomery about 30 miles outside of Houston. 
"My cousin's husband works in the city and he's actually stuck there and can't get home,” said Davis. “But she said it's a lot of needing water, like they're charging $30 for a case of water down there."
Davis is coordinating with the American Red Cross on delivering the goods to those in the flood-ravaged areas.
In addition to bottled water, non-perishable food items and toiletries, Davis says her family in Texas has outlined the greatest needs.
"Baby food, pet food is a big thing and believe it or not they're in need of wheelchairs, walkers, canes for the elderly that have lost a lot of their stuff, nursing homes and what not," she said. "This county, it seems like all the residents here are really into helping everybody so it's been great seeing everyone come together and want to help out as much as they can."
Meanwhile, from its headquarters in Savage, Von Paris Moving and Storage is hoping to do what it does best, devoting a 53-foot tractor trailer to delivering supplies, much as it did in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.
Owner John von Paris says he's asking corporate clients and friends to donate bulk items to deliver the supplies where they can do the most good.
"It probably will continue to be that way until Thursday or Friday and also there's fuel shortages down there right now so we're going to take their lead and make sure we get everything down there and get everyone down there safely and get the product down there safely," said von Paris.
If you would like to donate goods through the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company, they will begin accepting them at their firehouse on South Hickory Avenue beginning at 7 a.m. on Wednesday.