Whether it’s a neighbor in need or a natural disaster, one thing is certain — you can always count on the folks of Bacon County to come through in a pinch.
That’s certainly the case right now as the schools, churches, civic organizations, and individuals here rally around Texas and its hurricane and flooding victims.
Just as they did in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina, Bacon Countians have been busy collecting supplies for those affected by this natural disaster.
“You can always count on the people here,” says Donna Taylor, one of the volunteers at the Bacon County Food Bank. “We sent two semi-truck loads during Katrina and we’re well on our way to being able to do that again for Harvey.”
The food bank, located in the VFW building on S. Dixon Street is collecting cleaning products, brooms, mops, shovels, work and rubber gloves, and personal hygiene items, and diapers, along with bottled water, juice, and other food stuffs for the disaster victims.
D.L.Lee & Sons has donated the use of a tractor trailer rig to get the donations to Texas. The group is hoping to send one truck load next week and, if donations keep up, another one the following week.
Another Bacon County business stepping up is Mid-South Feeds which has donated 2,000 pounds of dog food to be sent to Texas for displaced pets.
And, businesses aren’t the only ones helping out. In addition to the Bacon County Food Bank, the Alma Service League is collecting much-needed items and holding a raffle to benefit the Houston Ronald McDonald House.
Each of the county’s school are also collecting items and some of the students have volunteered to load the truck at the food bank when the time comes.
“Everyone is helping out,” says Taylor.
The BCHS competition cheerleaders used their time selling programs at last Thursday night’s football game to also collect money for the hurricane/flooding victims. Cannisters provided by the girls are now located at Alma Discount Pharmacy and Cohen’s of Alma awaiting more donations.
And, nearly every church in the community is donating, as well. As of Friday, eight full pallets of water, juice, and diapers collected by various Bacon County churches were sitting in the food bank warehouse ready to be loaded.
A number of individual and church groups have also taken their own time and finances to travel to weather-revaged Texas to help with the clean-up and repairs.
On a more personal note, Lonann Sweat, of Sweat’s Dry Cleaners and Laundry, says her mother’s home in Texas has been completely flooded.
“She lost everything,” Sweat says, “but she still has her life. That’s the important thing. There’s plenty of people in worse shape than she is.”
A special fund has been established at FNB South to accept cash donations to help Sweat’s mother.