UNION — The people of Union County have an opportunity to help the people of Texas as they struggle with the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey by donating bottled water, canned goods, cleaning supplies and other needed items to the “Kimbrell’s Kares” campaign.
Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas on Friday, Aug. 25 devastating a large portion of the state with high winds, torrential downpours, storm surges, and flooding. Hundreds of thousands of people were driven from their homes by the storm, especially the flooding that it brought in its wake, losing practically everything in the process. Many of them are unlikely to return to their homes anytime soon and will be a long time in regaining their footing and therefore are in dire need of the basic necessities of life.
Since the storm struck and the amount of devastation and the need for assistance resulting from it became apparent, individuals and groups ranging from churches to civic organizations to businesses have been mobilizing to help the people of Texas, sending in badly needed supplies. Among them is the Kimbrell’s Furniture Family, a chain of furniture stores that are all taking part in the “Kimbrell’s Kares” campaign to collect supplies to be sent to Texas.
“It’s a collective effort of the 50 Kimbrell’s stores,” Joyce Jefferies, Store Manager of the Kimbrell’s Furniture Store at 300 E. Main Street, Union, said Tuesday.
Jefferies said the Kimbrell’s stores are collecting the following items to be sent to Texas:
• Bottled Water
• Canned or Boxed Nonperishable Food
• Toiletries — Hygiene Products
• Diapers — Baby Items
• Dog/Cat Food
• Cleaning Supplies
“We’re collecting these items and will send them to our corporate office,” Jefferies said. “The corporate office has an agreement with a trucking company to pick them up from our warehouse and take them Texas.”
The collection drive began last Thursday and Jefferies said it will continue through Saturday, Sept. 16. Jefferies said her store has already received donations of several cases of bottled water, packs of paper towels, Pampers, and soap. She said donations can be dropped off at the store which is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Jefferies said the company’s decision to collect supplies for the people of Texas is part of its commitment to serving the community, especially when there are those in the community who need help.
“We’ve done this in the past,” Jefferies said. “We’ve always reached out to help people in need. They are a caring company. They always want to help the community in any way they can.”
Jefferies said that in previous efforts by Kimbrell’s to collect donations for those in need, the people of Union have always come through and she’s confident they will again.
“We’re a small town, but we care, too,” Jefferies said.
For more information about Kimbrell’s Kares call Kimbrell’s Furniture Store at 864-427-7642.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.