Chesterfield church sending vehicles full of donations to Texas

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WRIC) — A church in Chesterfield County is sending vehicles full of donations to Texas Friday morning.

Pastor Daniel Holmes with Mt. Gilead Gospel Ministries and several other volunteers are making the trip to Houston with two vehicles and a trailer full of necessities.

Holmes says the vehicles were so packed with supplies, they had to do a little reorganizing before hitting the road.

“We had so much, in fact, we had to leave some clothing behind to take some of the necessities like water, diapers, formula and stuff like that,” Holmes said.

Mt. Gilead is working directly with a ministry in need in Houston.

“So many people, like they’re literally converging all across the world, coming down to Houston,” Holmes said. “So we had to team up with a ministry that was doing something there.”

Although their trucks were overflowing with supplies, Holmes says the giving shouldn’t stop there and that the community should continue to help Houston.

“Go ahead and give to the Red Cross and if you feel the need to anything, do it — don’t procrastinate,” Holmes said. “Don’t say, ‘well somebody else is going to do it.’ You go out and do it because that’s why the thought came in your head.”‘

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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