Pastor Robby Clay of the Imperial Bible Church is already receiving canned food for the Hurricane Harvey food drive. Area residents can drop off food at his church, as well as two other Imperial locations at the Imperial Berean Church and Harchelroad Motors. (Johnson Publications photo)
Helping Houston—from southwest Nebraska to Texas
As Houston continues to grapple with Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath, local communities are coming together to help with relief efforts.
Chase, Perkins and Keith Counties are making efforts to support Texas flood victims with a canned food drive.
Grant residents Jon and Lindsey Feuerborn have a personal connection to Copperfield Bible Church in northwest Houston at which their friend Dan Phillips is the pastor.
Copperfield Bible Church, despite some damage, opened its doors to flood evacuees as a relief center. Many still at the church are unable to return home due to damage or have no home to return to.
Many of the evacuees seeking shelter in the church could not afford to leave and were left with few alternatives as flood waters continued to rise, flooding their homes and neighborhoods.
The displaced families have shelter and water, however, looking forward, are in “desperate need of food.”
Despite donations and efforts from organizations across the country, food remains limited as stores work to replenish empty shelves and lines stretch out the doors and through parking lots.
Donated supplies from this area will be delivered directly to Copperfield Bible Church to be distributed among those still in severe need.
The goal for the drive is to fill a 53-foot trailer with canned goods and cleaning supplies. The trailer is estimated to fit upwards of 27,000 cans of food.
“A big task ahead of us,” admitted Lindsey Feuerborn.
Josh Harms of Madrid has volunteered to drive the filled trailer to Houston to deliver relief to the church and its occupants.
Pastor Phillips has asked for canned versus boxed goods due to standing water, humidity, bugs and other factors. Canned goods will be the safest and most beneficial donations.
Drop off points are located throughout Chase, Perkins and Keith Counties. Each location will be collecting donations that will be picked up and loaded into the truck this weekend before making the 1,000 mile trek from Nebraska to Houston.
Pastor Matt Maxwell of the Imperial Berean Church, a designated drop off location, says there has been a positive response thus far and expects many more donations by the end of the week.
“There are so many people in so much need. This is a great opportunity for southwest Nebraska to make a difference and help,” said Maxwell.
On Tuesday morning, Pastor Robby Clay of the Imperial Bible Church said it’s been “so encouraging” to have such a good response already after just announcing the effort from his pulpit Sunday.
He’s even had a call from a woman in Haigler, who said she’s bringing a Suburban full of canned food by the end of the week.
Harchelroad Motors of Imperial, another drop off location, is encouraging donations by offering $5 off car service for five non-perishable canned items.
Despite having just started the collecting, Ayla Smith of Harchelroad’s said they have received several cans and expect more.
For those wishing to participate, non-perishable, non-expired canned items can be dropped off at the following locations in these communities.
Harchelroad Motors, 530 East Hwy. 61
Imperial Berean Church, 1530 Broadway Street
Imperial Bible Church, 800 West 11th Street
New Life Fellowship Church, 617 West 4th Street
Evangelical Free Church, 200 West 10th Street
New Hope Church, 319 East O Street
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