South Arkansas residents head to Texas to donate items after Hurricane Harvey

CAMDEN, Ark. - Even before sunrise, Justin Clark and Trey Vernon were preparing to load up and roll out to Houston, Texas.

"Tired but ready," said Vernon.

The coffee hasn't kicked in yet, but they can't hold back their enthusiasm.

After news of devastating floods caused by Hurricane Harvey, they knew they couldn't just sit back and watch.

Tuesday, Clark turned to Facebook, asking friends, family, and perfect strangers to bring as many items as they could to help victims as soon as they could and the response has been nothing short of amazing.

"I never imagined the response that we would get on social media that we would fill a trailer that fast, and we have," said Clark.

A trailer full of diapers, blankets, water and other survival items, and after three days of collecting, they are shutting the doors and making the five hour trip to the Lone Star State, letting folks know Arkansans care.

"We've been mentally prepared all week, and now it's time to do it," said Vernon.

Clark and Vernon will deliver the items to a designated relief area, and they will be carried to Beaumont.

"Last I heard the water hasn't receded yet," said Clark.

They plan to drop the items off and come back home, but if needed, they will definitely lend a hand.

"It was tugging at my heart, and I just wanted to do my part to help people in need," said Clark.

"For me personally, sitting at home in a cool, dry house, eating a hot meal, watching that unfold on TV, I don't see how somebody could not do anything," said Vernon.

As they make their final checklist, both agree they are getting more out of this trip, and they are giving knowing they are helping people who really need it.

 


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