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Area trucking company and Hamburg church team up to help Texas

Posted at 4:42 PM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 18:27:18-05

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WKBW) — Millions of Texans went without electricity or water after a week of frigid temperatures.

So Western New Yorkers are stepping in to help, donating some much-needed items and dropping them off at Watermark Wesleyan Church of Hamburg.

"We're used to this type of weather, Texas is not," said Leann Berti, Organizer with Speed Global Services.

"Our infrastructure, our buildings are all built for this, and theirs aren't," said Pastor Stephen Mannion. "They aren't insulated, their pipes aren't even insulated, a lot of people their pipes burst in their house. They don't have water anymore, they don't have heat."

Speed Global Services, a trucking company that ships freights across the U.S., has volunteered to get these donated goods from Buffalo to Texas - free of charge.

"We have the trucks, we're fortunate enough to run quite a few trucks out west and out in that direction. And we thought that we would be able to donate our time and our services to get the stuff out there a lot quicker," said Berti.

People were asked to donate water, blankets, and non-perishable food items. Then the truck will take all these donated items down to Rosenberg, Texas.

"They saw the need in Texas and wanted to do something to help people. Reached out to me just to help coordinate it all and it just all fell into place," said Pastor Mannion.

We're told the truck should start heading out early Tuesday morning, bringing that Buffalo Strong spirit to the heart of Texas.