As folks in South Texas continue to assess the damages left behind by Hurricane Harvey, relief efforts are still underway in many communities across Texas. Parker County is no exception, only this time two organization are teaming up to help the most vulnerable, the animals.
Beginning Friday, Roger Williams Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram announced it’s partnering with Weatherford College Trucking Academy to “Fill the Semi,” as the two collect and deliver supplies for pets and their owners in Southeast Texas.
“We are proud to do our part to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey,” Roger Williams - Dealership President and Patty Williams said.
Many victims have animals Williams said in a release.
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“We’ve all seen the images on television of dogs, cats and other animals struggling to survive the heavy water,” he said. “This is a relief effort designed to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey and their pets.”
Efforts will begin on Sept. 1. A semi-truck will be parked at the dealership at 1102 Washington Drive, in Weatherford. Drop-off time will be each day from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. People are encouraged to drop and bring supplies specific to animals, including Collars; Leashes; Crates; Pet Food; Towels; Blankets; Flea and tick prevention; Food bowls; Treats; Toys and Waste bags.
“Once the truck is filled, we will immediately drive the supplies to the Houston area,” Williams said. “It’s one more way to help the victims of this tragedy.
For more information, call 817-596-0050.
Governor Abbott Announces Day Of Prayer in Texas after Hurricane Harvey
Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation announcing Sept. 3, as a Day of Prayer in Texas.
In his proclamation, the Governor urged Texans of all faiths and religious traditions and backgrounds to offer prayers on that day for the safety of first responders, public safety officers, and military personnel, and for the healing of individuals, rebuilding of communities and the restoration of the entire region struck by this disaster.
"Throughout our history, Texans have been strengthened and lifted through prayer, and it is fitting that Texans join together in prayer in this time of crisis," said Governor Abbott. "Throughout this disaster, we have seen the power of Texans helping Texans, and I am hopeful this proclamation will bring people together once more. We have remained strong throughout this ordeal, and this Day of Prayer will make us even stronger together."
Governor Abbott announced the Day of Prayer at an event at First Baptist Church in Rockport, TX with Vice President Mike Pence and Reverend Franklin Graham.
Weatherford Chamber of Commerce says you can help
The Weatherford Chamber of Commerce urges those wishing to contribute in relief efforts contact one of the following organizations:
▪ American Red Cross - To make a financial donation visit their website, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text HARVEY TO 90999 to make a $10 donation for those in need.
▪ The SPCA of Texas has also put out a call for foster homes to help care for the animals already in shelters and those coming from the Gulf Coast. You can sign up at www.spca.org/foster. The organization is also accepting financial donations and in-kind donations, including cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, large wire crates, toys, treats, pet beds, newspaper and gas gift cards.
▪ Salvation Army- To make a financial donation, visit www.helpsalvationarmy.org, call 1-800-SAL ARMY or text STORM to 51555
▪ American Red Cross-Donations of blood is also needed. You can't claim a tax deduction for giving blood, but it sure is a terrific way to help.
Weatherford Library- Tuesday, Sept. 5th Noon to 6 p.m.
Lowe's Weatherford- Monday, Sept. 18th 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.