INDIANAPOLIS – Volunteers with the American Red Cross and members of Indiana Task Force One made their way down to Texas this week to help hurricane victims, but Hoosiers unable travel are donating as much as they can.
Midwest Food Bank staff and a Bluffton, IN church have worked together to prepare relief boxes for families impacted by the storm. The care kits can feed a family of four for five days.
Two semi-trucks full of packages were sent to Arlington, Texas and will be passed out through the Salvation Army’s efforts. Food bank staff are hoping the community can help them refill the trucks to make a second trip to Texas.
“As of this morning I didn't have an item ... but now people are stepping up,” said Midwest Food Bank Executive Director John Whitaker. “That's what Hoosiers do ... help people.”
Even Hoosiers not affiliated with the food bank have dedicated their time to helping hurricane victims.
Bill Wright, the former Danville Police chief took water, generators, fuel, batteries and other items to Rockport, Texas as he went to assist his younger brother who was in the path of the storm. He said his work was in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies.
"You see people without food, water, electricity, loss of homes,” said Wright. “It is that bad."
Those who would like to assist hurricane victims can find more information here.