For Immediate Release
August 31, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts Continue in Del Rio

DEL RIO, Texas -- Local government entities and community organizations convened again this morning to continue coordinating aid and relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The Del Rio Parks Foundation, City of Del Rio, Val Verde County, Del Rio Chamber of Commerce, Texas Department of Public Service, First United Methodist Church and BCFS have been working together to assess the needs of evacuees who are currently in the Del Rio area, as well as those in coastal communities affected by Hurricane Harvey.

"Thus far we’ve assisted about 20 local families as well as identified the most impactful way to distribute goods to the communities on the coast who need it most,” said Val Verde County Emergency Management Coordinator Rowland Garza. "We've been in contact with state officials as well as non-profit groups who have given us direction to start sending aid to the Coastal Bend area.”

Organizers also have collected over two thousand dollars, which is being distributed directly to displaced families in the Del Rio area.

The first truckload of donated goods is scheduled to be delivered to Aransas Pass, TX on Friday to a community distribution center where it will be made available to local citizens and delivered to nearby rural communities also devastated by the hurricane. Over 15 pallets of donated clothing will be delivered for distribution to affected communities within the coming days.

Following the overwhelming community response to the first donation drive, a second donation drive has been scheduled for Saturday, September 2 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Del Rio Civic Center to collect items and gift cards to aid those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Items needed include diapers, baby wipes, baby formula, toiletry items, non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, garbage bags and powdered/canned milk. Used clothing will no longer be accepted. A full list of items can be viewed below.

Over 75 volunteers have assisted with the aid efforts since Tuesday and more are needed to assist with Saturday’s collection. Around 30 volunteers including City of Del Rio staff, Fire Department, EMS, concerned citizens and Del Rio Parks Foundation members assisted on Thursday with sorting and packing clothing. Lunch was generously provided by Chick-fil-A, and H-E-B donated gift cards for distribution to local families and individuals displaced by the hurricane.

“Our efforts to mobilize and prepare goods for shipment has been made possible through the tremendous efforts of the volunteers made up of city and county staff, local businesses, and those who responded to the call for assistance” said Monica Salazar, Vice President of the Del Rio Parks Foundation. “Those interested in assisting at the upcoming donation drive are asked to report to the Del Rio Civic Center at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.”

With rescue and relocation efforts continuing throughout Texas, the group remains prepared to provide housing and services for additional evacuees. The City of Del Rio will utilize the Joe Ramos Center for families seeking housing should it be needed. Families seeking assistance should contact the City of Del Rio at (830) 309-9215 or Hannah Hinson at (830) 775-3551. For questions about how to donate, please contact Laura Vasconcellos at (612) 850-5619.

Local churches have set up a meal schedule for evacuees:

Del Rio, TX Meal Schedule

Del Rio, TX Meal Schedule

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you would like more information on becoming a volunteer with the Red Cross, please visit http://www.redcross.org/local/texas/gulf-coast/volunteer. Monetary donations through the Red Cross can be made at https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-harvey.

Most Needed Items for Donation:

• Gift cards
• Brooms and mops
• Buckets
• Diapers and wipes
• Baby formula
• Baby food
• Toiletry items of all kinds
• Non-perishable food
• Cleaning supplies
• Generators
• Tarps
• Work gloves
• Bug spray and sunscreen
• Feminine hygiene products
• Duct tape
• Canned goods
• Pet and livestock supplies/food
• Paper plates/towels
• Flash lights
• Batteries
• Hand held can openers
• First aid kits
• Children’s toys

We are asking that the public kindly refrain from donating water or used clothing at this time.

About Del Rio Parks Foundation

Del Rio Parks Foundation is committed to enriching the quality of life for the community through the development of outdoor park and recreational spaces in the City of Del Rio. We serve to nurture open space improvement opportunities by encouraging and mobilizing the financial support of neighborhood groups, foundations and citizens.

 

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For Immediate Release
August 29, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts Underway in Del Rio

DEL RIO, Texas -- Local government entities and community organizations convened this morning to coordinate and execute aid and relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The Del Rio Parks Foundation, City of Del Rio, Val Verde County, Del Rio Chamber of Commerce, Texas Department of Public Service, First United Methodist Church and BCFS met to assess the ongoing situation in the coastal communities affected by Hurricane Harvey.

The group acknowledged that efforts are part recovery and part preparation as the situation in the Texas Gulf Coast continues to evolve.

"The emergency management and relief efforts for Del Rio and the greater Texas community will be ongoing as the situation changes,” said Val Verde County Emergency Management Coordinator Rowland Garza. "We're working with local and state officials to assess the needs of evacuees currently in Del Rio as well as those in surrounding areas. We are also in contact with organizations on the ground in Houston to determine the need there.”

A donation drive has been scheduled for Wednesday, August 30 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM in front of the Del Rio Civic Center to collect items and gift cards to aid those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Items needed include diapers, baby wipes, baby formula, toiletry items, non-perishable food, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, garbage bags, water, and new/unused blankets, towels, shoes, clothes and pillows. A full list of items can be viewed below. Gift cards are also being requested and donors are encouraged to donate in bulk when possible.

“There has been a huge local interest in helping victims of the hurricane and we are really grateful for the big hearts in our community,” said Del Rio Parks Foundation President, Laura Vasconcellos. “We are hoping to streamline the efforts of those who are willing to donate their time or goods so that we can quickly and effectively get help to those who need it.”

With rescue efforts continuing in Houston, the group will also be preparing to provide housing and services for additional evacuees. The City of Del Rio has opened the Joe Ramos Center for families seeking housing and have plans for additional shelter locations should they be needed.

Volunteers are also needed to help inventory, sort and pack donations and should check-in at the Del Rio Civic Center front parking lot at 10:00 a.m., or they may email emeza@cityofdelrio.com to register as a relief volunteer for future needs. Organizers are also looking for a donation of new or unused boxes to store and sort donations.

Those seeking shelter or in need of donated items may contact the City of Del Rio at (830) 309-9215 or Hannah Hinson at (830) 775-3551. For questions about how to donate, please contact Laura Vasconcellos at (612) 850-5619.

If you would like more information on becoming a volunteer with the Red Cross, please visit http://www.redcross.org/local/texas/gulf-coast/volunteer. Monetary donations through the Red Cross can be made at https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-harvey.

Information for those interested in donating to local Houston organizations is below:

  • The Greater Houston Community Foundation connects donors with a network of nonprofits and innovative solutions in the social sector.

  • GlobalGiving, which calls itself the largest global crowdfunding community, has a goal of raising $2 million for its Harvey relief fund. Funds will be used first for immediate needs of food, water and shelter and then transition to long-term recovery efforts.

  • United Way of Greater Houston maintains a disaster relief fund but anticipates the needs of Harvey will far exceed those existing resources.

  • GoFundMe, the social fundraising site, has created a landing page that gathers the campaigns on its platform related to Harvey.

  • The Salvation Army says it is providing food and water to first responders and preparing for massive feeding efforts for residents.

  • Send Relief and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief says its teams began responding before Harvey made landfall and continues on-the-ground relief work.

  • Samaritan's Purse is accepting donations as well as volunteers for Harvey disaster relief for the coming months.

List of Items for Donation:

  • Gift Cards

  • Diapers and Wipes

  • Baby Formula

  • Baby Food

  • Toiletry items of all kinds

  • Non-perishable food

  • New clothing, shoes, blankets, pillows and towels

  • Cleaning supplies

  • Generators

  • Tarps

  • Phone and car chargers for iPhone and Android

  • Work gloves

  • Bug spray and Sunscreen

  • Feminine hygiene products

  • Duct tape

  • Canned goods

  • Water

  • Pet and livestock supplies/food

  • Paper plates/towels

  • Flash lights

  • Batteries

  • Hand held can openers

  • First Aid kits

About Del Rio Parks Foundation
Del Rio Parks Foundation is committed to enriching the quality of life for the community through the development of outdoor park and recreational spaces in the City of Del Rio. We serve to nurture open space improvement opportunities by encouraging and mobilizing the financial support of neighborhood groups, foundations and citizens.

Alfred Lozano, City of Del rio emergency management, discusses plans for donation allocation in the city of del rio. 

Alfred Lozano, City of Del rio emergency management, discusses plans for donation allocation in the city of del rio.