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Charleston woman to drive supplies to Harvey victims, needs your help

Help for Texas (WCIV)

*UPDATE, Thursday, 11 p.m. - the woman organizing this donation effort says she needs another truck to haul the supplies because she has received so many donations. She's asking for someone to let her borrow a truck, or to donate enough money to her GoFundMe page so she can rent a truck.

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It's hard to imagine here, but the Lowcountry understands the heartbreak from Harvey.

As images surface of homes underwater, people here are reminded of a time where their memories were too washed away.

Lowcountry native Madison Jones hopes people will remember the devastation of storms like Hurricane Hugo and tap into the "Charleston Strong" the community has become known for to help people all over Texas.

Jones has been on a few mission trips during her life, but she's never organized something this big.

She has spent the past few days collecting hundreds of items from local businesses, family, friends, and strangers to drive to Texas on Friday.

“I feel like I’ve been called to do this," she said. "I heard about it from a few friends as well as watching the news, and it broke my heart. I could not sleep for two nights now."

She said the Holiday Inn Express on Savannah Highway donated tons of towels, shampoo, and conditioner. Locals have donated more shampoo, diapers, towels and blankets.

“I am renting a Penske truck because my car would not hold everything that has been given," she said.

Jones will accept monetary donations for that as well.

As soon as the truck is packed Friday she will hit the road for the 14-hour, thousand-mile trip.

“My first stop is Lake Charles," she said. "There I'll meet up with the Cajun Navy. They'll direct me where I'm needed. I'm not taking a boat. Therefore, I will not be able to help with water rescues. However, I will be in and out of shelters.”

You can drop off donations at the Seacoast Church on Savannah Highway on Thursday.

Jones will be set up in the parking lot of the church from 5pm-7pm.

Clothes are not accepted at this time.

Items like bottled water, formula, diapers, new blankets, pillows, small bottles of over-the-counter pain relievers, dish soap, garbage bags, plastic buckets, masks, and spray bottles are welcome.

To make a monetary donation, click here.


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