Michiana businesses deploy crews, donate to flood victims in Texas
Thousands of folks across the U.S. are sending donations by the truck load Texas after Tropical Storm Harvey hit hard there. Now, some Michiana businesses are following suit and stepping up to raise donations and drive those items down to the Houston area.
"Americans supporting Americans that's really the foundation of it,” said Kyle Ingle, Owner of Healthy Happies in South Bend.
“We have the resources. We just wanna be able to help people out,” said Jeremy Davidson, Owner of ServiceMaster Restore in South Bend.
“Bring in as many donations as we can get,” said Ingle.
Several Michiana businesses are on a mission to help those flood victims in Texas more than 1,000 miles away, no matter what it takes.
“We're actually deploying teams down to Texas. We’ll be down there for probably 4 to 6 weeks,” said Davidson.
Local businesses say they’re working to cover all ends of the damage spectrum, everything from home fixtures…
“Large industrial dehumidifiers, disinfectant equipment, air scrubbers that will purify air, a massive amount of tarps, and plywood for board ups,” said Davidson.
… to personal needs.
“That little stuff is what they're really needing a lot of; baby food, baby formula, baby wipes, and the pets too of course; dog food, cat food and all that good stuff,” said Ingle.
Both a local emergency restoration service, who already deployed a team…
"Our crews actually had it out at 9 o'clock this morning. They will be on site by Thursday morning,” aid Davidson.
…and a local smoothie bar who plans on deploying Friday, they say this is more meaningful than any regular day in the workplace.
“We load up the trailer and I hit the road from there. We're doing a great thing for Texas but we're also building a better and stronger network in our own community between businesses and customers, and clients, so I think it's a big win for the country and it's a big one for the community,” said Ingle.
While four large trucks with Service Master has already deployed for the state of Texas, Healthy Happies has been working with other local businesses to accept donations and take them there. If you simply want to donate something yourself or with your business, they are accepting donations until Friday, September 1st at 7:00 p.m.