Local softball organizations gathering donations for Texas families in need

CHESTERFIELD Co., Va. (WRIC) — Local travel softball organizations are gathering donations to send to those in need in Houston, Texas.

Fusion Fastpitch Softball Inc. has partnered with Dixie Chicks Softball and Mid-Cities Civic Association to supply needed goods to families that have been displaced in the Houston, TX and surrounding areas.

Chad Vaughn, president of Chesterfield Fusion said his group has been in contact with three travel softball organizations just outside the Houston area to coordinate what necessities they need.

Vaughn said one of the owners of the travel softball organizations is also a Sargent for Houston Police Department and is in the middle of the disaster, witnessing firsthand the horrific destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey.

He said they are in need of clothing for adults and children, blankets, toiletry items (toothbrushes, etc.) and non-perishable food items. They are not accepting monetary donations.

The local organizations are filling up a 53′ Patel Transport Inc. tractor trailer to send to Houston next week.

You can bring donations to the Mid-Cities Civic Association building, located at 9010 Quinnford Blvd. North Chesterfield, Va. They will be accepting donations at this location until Sunday, Sept. 3 at 4 p.m.

How can you volunteer with Red Cross of Virginia?

It is an online application. To fill it out, CLICK HERE. Someone from the local organization will contact you for the remainder of the process. The local Red Cross location ID number is 23218.

You have to be at least 18 years old and be willing to travel to Texas.

The Red Cross depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately. Help people affected by Hurricane Harvey by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

  • Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.
  • The Red Cross honors donor intent. Donors can designate their donation to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts by choosing that option when donating on redcross.org or on 1-800-RED CROSS.
  • The best way to ensure your donation will go to a specific disaster is to write the specific disaster name in the memo line of a check. We also recommend completing and mailing the donation form on redcross.org with your check.

The American Red Cross is also searching specifically for disaster mental health volunteers to support people with disaster related health and mental health needs.

There are also other organizations are asking for volunteers to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

FEMA recommends for people to sign up with the National Voluntary Organizations Active In Disaster.

The Salvation Army and Samaritan’s Purse are all organizations looking for volunteers to help support victims in Texas.

If you are an organization in Virginia planning to aid Hurricane Harvey survivors, feel free to email us at news@wric.com.

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