Coffee Countians pull together for Hurricane Harvey Victims

Volunteers who aided in donating hurricane relief supplies… Photo by Barry West

What started as an idea to help some of the victims of Hurricane Harvey by the owners of the Jiffy Burger in Manchester, turned into a massive accomplishment. Nancy Pennington and her daughter Tracy St John began a task of asking friends and neighbors to help with a donation of water, and what a great donation it is. St John told WMSR News about the large amount of water headed to help the victims in Texas. The 19 pallets of water will weigh approximately 50,000 pounds and each pallet has 84 cases on each pallet.

St. John wanted to thank the several people who donated pallets of water; Josh Harrell, Gary N Cunningham, Steve and Gwen Graves, Rhonda Weaver Farley, Randy and Fhonda Hatmaker, Quinetta Sutton, Brian Sutton, Lynda Smoyak Carden, Brandon Imhoff, Matthew and Emily Taylor Norman, John and Sherry Taylor, Jim and Barbara Shemwell, Connie and Kevin Driver and Allan and Marilyn Howard.
It took only 39 minutes to come up with enough donations to fill an 18-wheeler. Reliable Carriers is providing all the transportation for FREE and they have been working together with David Pennington and Coffee County Emergency Management Agency Director Allen Lendley who worked with FEMA to get an exact distribution drop-off.
A special thank you goes to the Ken and Mary Duke at Spring Street Market for securing the water from their wholesale company. Instead of having the load of water delivered to Manchester they said it would be best to pick it up directly from the warehouse in Birmingham Alabama and Reliable will transported from there directly to Texas.
Another thank you goes out to the American Legion in Manchester for their assistance and to Eugene Warren and Faye Wilhoite who provided a gift certificate for the driver to help with his food there and back!
If anyone still wants to donate items, please check with Amy Cotten Sullivan from College Street Elementary or Canvas Church.