Town of Oakman, others providing Hurricane Harvey relief

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 8/30/17

OAKMAN — The Town of Oakman has pledged to help Texans impacted by the devastating outcome of Hurricane Harvey, which has caused a ripple effect in the county to help flood victims in need.

The town is currently taking in-kind donations that …

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Town of Oakman, others providing Hurricane Harvey relief

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OAKMAN — The Town of Oakman has pledged to help Texans impacted by the devastating outcome of Hurricane Harvey, which has caused a ripple effect in the county to help flood victims in need.

The town is currently taking in-kind donations that will be delivered to Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham on Sunday, Sept. 3, and then sent to Texas, as organized by the City of Birmingham.

Oakman will be accepting canned goods, bottled water, cleaning supplies and canned pet food (no bags) during the donation drive.

Oakman Mayor Cory Franks said he hopes community members will give what they can to help flood victims in the Lone Star State.

“I think it’s important, as Americans — with everything that’s going on — to show what the fabric of our country is all about. When someone’s in need, these are the types of things we do for each other,” Franks said. ”I just want to embrace this moment and get everybody to be a part of helping someone else that’s less fortunate.”

Oakman Town Hall will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day through Friday for donations to be dropped off. All items received by Friday evening will then be sent to Birmingham.

Oakman Middle School and Oakman High School will also be accepting donations from students, faculty and staff to contribute to the town’s efforts. Oakman High School’s FTA organization will be holding a blood drive on Sept. 7 to also benefit Texas.

Parrish Mayor Heather Hall said she wants the town of Parrish to join in the relief efforts, and donations will be accepted at Parrish Town Hall and Parrish Elementary School this week to be sent to Texas. On the town’s Facebook page, they said in-kind donations of non-perishable food, bottled water, baby formula, diapers, cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items will be accepted.

“We’re all Americans. We need to stand up for each other,” Hall said. “I remember all the outpouring of love and donations that happened during the tornadoes not too very long ago, and this is our turn and it’s our time to give back. ... Every little bit we do helps.”

Donations from Oakman and Parrish will be dropped off at Desperation Church to be transported to the Houston area.

Items to be sent to Texas will also be accepted at the church’s services tonight at 6:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 9:15 or 11 a.m. at the Jasper, Cullman and Arab church campuses. Donations will not be accepted after noon on Sunday.

In-kind donations may include canned goods, canned pet food, diapers, adult diapers, cleaning supplies, rubber gloves and bottled water.

The church said that clothing and other items cannot be accepted.

All monetary donations toward relief efforts may be made through the church by visiting www.desperationchurch.tv. Search for the “give online” tab and select “quick give,” followed by “Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.”

“I always try to put myself in their shoes,” Desperation Church’s Community Outreach and Global Missions Pastor Tyler Dooley said. “Even as much as we’re helping other people, you end up receiving so much more than you think you would by being a blessing to somebody else.”

In addition to the towns of Oakman and Parrish and Desperation Church, Bevill State Community College’s Salon & Spa Management Department on the Sumiton campus is accepting items to make care packages that will be sent to shelters in Texas.

A list of items that will be placed in the care packages is available on the BSCC Facebook page. Donations will be accepted in the cosmetology classroom of building 100 on the Sumiton campus through Friday.

Students on other campuses may drop off items for care packages at Student Services.

Other schools and organizations across Walker County are currently developing plans to assist in relief efforts.

Scott Crump Toyota in Jasper is serving as a drop-off location for anyone wishing to donate items to those in need in Texas.

You can drop off supplies from 8:30 a.m. until 7:30 between now and Saturday.

A truck will be leaving from Scott Crump Toyota this weekend to deliver items collected between now and Saturday.