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Local groups organize help in wake of Hurricane Harvey devastation



ATLANTA — Local businesses, organizations and residents are gathering items, collecting money or heading down to Houston to help in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Employees at Roswell Funeral Home, 950 Mansell Road, whose corporate office is in Houston, are collecting small items including diapers, canned food and toiletries.

Harry Norman Realtors, 1664 Market Place Boulevard, in the Cumming area is working with PALS, a local nonprofit that works with animals and their owners. They’re collecting bottled water and pet food.

Volunteers said they are hoping the people and animals make it through safely. They said they take particular interest in those with animals who are struggling to keep them while evacuating.

John Adams at Indigo Restaurant, 12635 Crabapple Road Suite 120, in Milton said they are holding a Texas-style dinner from 5 p.m. to closing on Sept. 13 with all proceeds benefitting the Harvey victims.

“I’m saddened to hear the news,” Adams said. “It breaks my heart to see those people suffering like that. We just wanted to reach out and give them a big heart to go along with the big Lone Star State over there.”

Jekyll Brewing, 2855 Marconi Drive Suite 350, in Alpharetta posted on its Facebook page they are “saddened” for their friends in the Houston area.

“We've pondered hard how we could help from here and decided to organize a donation drive to support the work of the Houston Food Bank as they help residents recover,” Jekyll Brewing said. “Jekyll Brewing loves Houston.”

The brewery will be collecting donations at its taproom and will deliver goods by trailer to the Houston Food Bank by the end of September.

The items most needed are:

•Canned meat and fish

•Canned green vegetables (green beans, spinach, collard greens)

•Canned tomatoes, no salt added

•Canned beans, no salt added

•Canned tuna, salmon, chicken and sardines

•Canned fruits in water or juice

•Whole grain pasta, quinoa, brown rice

•Powdered milk


•Peanut butter and jelly

•Cleaning supplies, such as bleach and paper towels

To keep up with the running list of local places helping, visit Appen Media will be updating the list, so check back frequently.

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