It’s not easy to just drop what you’re doing and drive to another part of the country. It’s even harder when you’re a mover in the last days of the busiest season of the year.
But when disaster strikes, people find a way to move. And movers find a way to help.
Thousands and thousands of people all across the country have dropped what they were doing to give something – anything – to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Among the most busy have been our storage and moving colleagues. Here we highlight some of their efforts and how they were able to get it done.
Two Men and a Truck
Greg Micklos of Pensacola, FL is no stranger to hurricanes. As a resident of North Carolina, he lived through a few of them. So when the owner of Pensacola’s Two Men and a Truck franchise saw what was happening in Southeast Texas, he knew he had to help.
Micklos quickly launched his “Truck4Texas” campaign on Facebook which, as he puts it, “took off like wildfire.”
“We’re working with a lot of different organizations,” he told the Pensacola News Journal, working to fill trucks to take to Texas. One of those organizations is a school called All American Twirlers run by Jana Williamson, who in 2004 lost her home, her car and everything else she owned when Hurricane Ivan swept through.
Micklos’s drivers, meanwhile, have been volunteering to drive to Texas on their own time – an admirably selfless move when you consider the slow season will soon be upon us and these weeks are the last window of opportunity to cash in on the peak summer season.
All My Sons Moving & Storage, Hilldrup Moving & Storage
Further down in Florida, All My Sons Moving & Storage is working with the Miami Dolphins, with three trucks loaded up and heading for their Gulf Coast neighbors. All My Sons already had a working relationship in place, so they were able to quickly capitalize on the opportunity to help out. A good lesson to you out there who aren’t already reaching out to community organizations.
But you don’t have to have buddies in the big leagues to lend a hand. Up the Atlantic coast, the minor league baseball team in Richmond, VA called the Flying Squirrels set up a collection drive at a recent game. And who is hauling all those donations down to Houston? The hometown Hilldrup Moving & Storage Company.
The Flying Squirrels may be the headline grabbers here, but it doesn’t matter. What matters is collecting whatever you can and getting it to the people who need it. If it helps to hook up with a notable name, go for it.
All That Matters
And if you don’t have that notable connection? You go for it anyway. Amanda Shay, owner of All That Matters in Little Rock, AK decided to fill up an 18-wheeler and, with a couple of her own men, head not for Houston, but “those small towns that nobody is really doing anything for.”
In the course of helping out, they ran into a bit of trouble themselves; First, when they weren’t able to unload their truck at their designated drop-off location in Louisiana, then later finding themselves in need of food and gas with everything around them closed or shut down thanks to Harvey.
It’s quite a story. Check out the All That Matters Facebook page to listen to Ms. Shay recount her experiences while she gives thanks to all the many people who helped her and her crew along the way. Clearly, her’s was not just a matter of driving somewhere, dropping stuff off and driving home.
Mayflower, Hungry Man Movers
Up in Illinois, two high school football rivals teamed up to collect 75,000 bottles of water at a Friday night matchup. And there to carry all that and more down the Mississippi Valley into Texas? A local Mayflower Van Lines agent. http://foxillinois.com/news/local/rival-teams-come-together-to-donate-water-to-texas-09-03-2017
Hungry Man Moving is not a national van lines agent, but that didn’t stop Snyder and Clay Clark from making the trip from Milwaukee with their own load of bottled water. “Canned Water for Kids actually contacted us,” said Hungry Man Moving staffer Amanda Malka. “They told us they could give us as much water as we need and as many times as we want, and take as much as we can carry.”
On their multiple trips, Hungry Man Movers were also taking diapers, wipes, formula and other much-needed supplies. “We advertised on Wednesday,” they told Fox6Now. “By Friday, the truck was full.”
Not bad for a couple of hungry men.
Naturally, there are stories like these from all over the country.
Some of them might even involve our HireAHelper community. So if any of you have a story to tell about how you were able to help out the victims of Hurricane Harvey, let us know! We’d all love to hear it.
Are you somewhere near the Houston area? Here’s a list of ways to help out, including up to the minute and still very pertinent information on:
- Shelter and relief
- Disaster recovery
- Rescue efforts
- Shelter and supplies
- Blood donation
If you have some info to share about how those of us in other parts of the country can pitch in, please share! Because even as the flood waters recede, the victims of Harvey will continue to need help.