WNY Responds to Hurricane Harvey

Posted at 6:47 PM, Aug 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-31 22:23:30-04

A disaster relief effort here in Western New York helping those affected by Harvey. Disaster rebuilding ministry, Eight Days of Hope, is partnering with the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg to collect items. 

Paul Gartley, Outreach Pastor of Wesleyan Church of Hamburg, says, “We’re looking for materials that will help in recovery and relief of people whose homes and lived have been destroyed.” 

Those items include: generators, batteries, box, fans, extension cords, basic tools. The drop off schedule is: Thursday 6pm - 9pm, Friday 12 pm - 3pm, and Sunday 9 am - 1pm at The Wesleyan Church of Hamburg, 4999 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg, N.Y. 

Steve Tybor III, Co-founder and President of Eight Days of Hope, says some of the group is expected to arrive in Houston Wednesday night and will stay for two months giving relief to those affected by Harvey. Thousands of volunteers are expected to help Eight Days of Hope. 

“We need all hands on deck,” Tybor said. 

The Salvation Army is also lending a hand to this storm ravaged region. 

Major Thomas Applin, Salvation Army Area Coordinator, says, “We’re planning before a storm hits to make sure we can get in immediately and we don’t leave until all the needs are met.”

The Salvation Army says it is supporting one of the largest disaster relief operations in its history and has deployed 71 mobile feeding units. Twenty-nine more units are on standby to support Louisiana in the case of severe flooding.