Several Pratt pastors have organized a collection for paper goods for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston. They will be delivering a trailer of these goods on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.
The flooding in Houston, a result of Hurricane Harvey, might seem a long ways from Pratt but an opportunity to help those in need just became available. A couple of pastors and friends from the area are teaming up to provide paper products to the Houston First Church of the Nazarene. Scott Powell, Mike McGovney and others are taking donations of toilet paper, paper plates, plastic silverware, solo cups, paper towels and tissue paper through the weekend and on Monday at the Pratt Abundant Harvest Church of the Nazarene at 1120 Glenarm on the northern side of town.
They hope to fill a trailer with collected items by Monday evening, then take off Tuesday morning for a long drive to Houston.
"The call came out from the Nazarene church there," Powell said. "They are serving as a shelter and a drop-off point for supplies and they are finding they are badly in need of paper products. All of those things have been lost in the flooding, so we are placing our focus on that."
Powell said he had been keeping a close watch on the hurricane and resulting flooding situation in Houston as his family has close friends living there.
"Our friends were able to save their home," he said. "But they lost all of their livestock to the flooding."
Powell said gathering up paper products to take to Houston was at least something tangible people in Pratt could do to help those suffering in Texas. His wife, Stacey, is an online teacher with Kansas Academy, and that organization was working to gather up diapers to send along to Houston.
"We will be leaving at 7 a.m. on Tuesday and hope to make it down there in one day," he said. "We are going to have to be smart about gas because I've heard there is non to be had once you get close."
Roads will likely be clogged with people still in the process of evacuating the area, as well as convoys of others heading south to help with boats and supplies of food and water.
"We are still trying to plan our route, hopefully we can come in from the west side and avoid the major road blocks," Powell said. "That is why we have four of us going, so we can interchange drivers, and once we get there get our supplies unloaded quickly."
Powell and McGovney will be joined by John Ford and Bruce Wagoner.
"We will probably have to spend the night there at the Houston Nazarene church," Powell said. "Then we will do some assessing of the situation and head back home."
The Houston church is location on the Northwest side of the city and has not been damaged by flooding, but many people have taken up residence there while they wait for their homes to be cleared.
Powell said he would be making plans on how to offer further assistance once down there to see first hand the situation.
Anyone one wishing to donate paper items listed above can drop them off at the Abundant Harvest Church of the Nazarene, or call Scott at 620-260-6597 for pick up help.