UNION — A local business’ efforts to collect supplies for the people of Texas struggling to recover from Hurricane Harvey has been extended through the end of this month to give the people of Union County more opportunity to contribute to that recovery.
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 50 furniture stores that are all taking part in the “Kimbrell’s Kares” campaign to collect supplies to be sent to Texas.
The campaign, which includes the Kimbrell’s Furniture Store at 300 E. Main Street, Union, began at the end of August and was originally scheduled to conclude Sept. 16. However, Store Manager Joyce Jefferies said that the campaign was extended through the end of this month to give the people of Union County the opportunity to make more contributions to the effort on top of the already generous donations they’ve already made.
“We’ve gotten a good response,” Jefferies said of the support the effort has gotten locally.
Jefferies said one of the strongest supporters of the campaign has been Sonoco.
“Sonoco was a big a help with it,” Jefferies said. “They wanted to do something, they were looking for a place to make a donation and someone told them about us.
“They brought in a whole lot of bottle water and that plastic bin full of supplies,” she said. “That was awesome of them.”
Another big supporter was Lakeside Baptist Church lead by Rev. Scott Cobb.
“Lakeside Baptist donated thirty five-gallon buckets containing cleaning products,” Jefferies said. “Each bucket contained a roll of paper towels, bleach, a cleaning brush, and gloves.”
The Union store and the other 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
At the conclusion of the campaign, the donated items will be sent to the Kimbrell’s corporate office and from there shipped to Texas.
Donations can be dropped off at the store Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
In announcing the collection drive earlier this month, Jefferies said Kimbrell’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. Jefferies added that previous efforts by the company to collection donations for those in need had always received strong support from the people of Union County and this time has been no different. She said the support this effort and previous ones have received show that while Union County may be a small community, it is a very generous one.
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.