A note of thanks

By RACHEL AND CHIP HAWKINS,

To the Editor,

We’d like to thank everyone who so generously donated their time, talents and goods to help us “Stuff the Semi” to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area.

In the end, we were able to fill TWO semi-trucks with 53 pallets of donations to help in the recovery.

There were so many volunteers that signed up to take in donations, help sort, find boxes, pallets and stepped up to help, I cannot name them all.

Special recognition goes to:

All of the men, women, spouses and children of Ivey Mechanical who took shifts not only throughout their work days but also into the evenings.  Even retirees from Ivey came to support this great cause.  This would not have been possible without them and their invaluable skillsets, heavy equipment, and impeccable organization.
Helping Hands who provided clothes and helped jumpstart our idea into a reality

The many wonderful folks from the community such as Evelyn Cayson and Earl and Melinda Price who showed up and jumped right in to do whatever was needed.

Donna Vance and Steven Allen from Atmos Energy who were invaluable in helping sort, organize and find pallets.  They dedicated a full day of doing whatever was needed without being asked.

The great people from Premier Medical Clinic who came smiling and ready on Friday from 3:00-7:00pm. 

Our local Junior Auxiliary of Kosciusko who came on Saturday, 8 a.m. to Noon and helped organize and take in donations.

The Mayors Youth Council who came on Labor Day to accept donations and sort items. It was awesome to see our future leaders hard at work, not once complaining of a morning filled with laborious activities.

Paige Dendy and Bridges Pinkard who are Ethel High School students.

Some other organizations throughout the community brought in cleaning items, pet supplies, toiletries, new clothes, baby items and diapers, paper products, first aid kits, bedding, non-perishable foods and many other needed items. Just to name a few:

Lower Elementary who brought school supplies

Kosciusko High School who brought in 1,200 canned good items.

Kosy Cruisers (a local car club) who brought in 2 pallets of water, 9 cases of paper products and cleaning supplies.

Britt Barnes Realty who brought in a truck load of items from toys to cleaning supplies.

Sallis Baptist Church who brought in over 500 pairs of socks and other items

Our local Hispanic Church who brought in tons of items

First Baptist Church RA’s and GA’s who collected goods for the drive

Presbyterian Day School who brought in two car loads of items the children collected.

Central Holmes who private school came from Lexington to bring donation items they had collected as well.

These were just some of the organized volunteers and groups. It would be impossible to name each individual person that showed up in droves to lend a hand sorting and taking donations.

In all, there were literally hundreds of churches, businesses and individuals that showed up in support of the relief efforts. None of this would have been possible without everyone stepping in and taking action. 

The results were phenomenal and the blessings to Texas were abundant.

Thanks to all of you.

Chip and Rachel Hawkins