Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

POUGHKEEPSIE & NEWBURGH — On Tuesday, Sept. 12, UPS Freight Montgomery sent a team of volunteers to United Way’s Poughkeepsie office to pick up almost 9,000 pounds of items the community donated for survivors of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

United Way Collected Close to 9K lbs of Donations for Hurricane Survivors

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“We are truly humbled by the outpouring of donations from the community that filled every room on the first floor of our Poughkeepsie building,” stated Jeannie Montano, President & CEO of United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region. “We knew we received a tremendous amount of donated items, but until we saw the waybill from UPS, we didn’t realize the total was 8,815 pounds!” She continued, “We are inspired by our community’s response to help our Texan neighbors and friends. All of us at United Way extend our deepest thanks those who donated, including Guardian Self Storage, for the donation of packing boxes and supplies, and especially to the volunteers. There was a team of six who joined United Way staff and interns to help pack the 260 boxes, a team of five from Hopewell Reformed Church that moved boxes out of the building to the parking lot, and to UPS Freight Montgomery for sending a team of eight volunteers to load the trailer, pallet and shrink wrap the items for transport. The boxed donations filled the 28-foot tractor trailer to capacity and are now on their way to Texas, thanks to the generosity of UPS Freight.”

The donations will be delivered by UPS Freight directly to the Texas organizations. The Texas Diaper Bank will be receiving 950lbs of donations and Feeding Texas’ designee, the Houston Food Bank, will be receiving 7,865lbs of donated items. All of the donations will go directly to residents of Texas, who were directly affected by Hurricane Harvey. In addition to these supplies, United Way will confer with the Texas beneficiary organizations to determine what remains their greatest need. Once determined, United Way will purchase and send those items, thanks to the individuals who selected us to do the shopping for them and contributed monetarily to the drive. To date, $7,026.00 has been received to purchase needed supplies for survivors of Hurricane Harvey.

United Way would like to extend its deepest gratitude its volunteers:

  • The team of six community members who helped pack up the donations on Friday: Janie Busby, Awilda Cerna, Sarah Hoffler, Joyneia Joyner, Naomi Mann and Fay Williams.
  • The amazing team from Hopewell Reformed Church, recruited by Susan Dorler, who answered a call for “A Few Good Men (and Women)” and who helped move the majority of boxes out of the United Way’s building to the parking lot on Tuesday in preparation of UPS’ arrival: Rev. Taylor W. Holbrook, Justin LeGrand, Leslie & Mark MacConnell and Bill McHugh.
  • The “United As One” team from UPS Freight in Montgomery (NY), not only arranged the donation of transportation of the items to Texas, but also donated manpower to move the boxes to the trailer, load them up, pallet and shrink-wrap them in preparation for transport: Radee’ Anglin, Dennis Berns, Eric Dinino, Charles Gersbeck, Christopher Grimes, Svilen Neshkov, Charlton Paul, Jr., and Jonathan Torres.

Through the extraordinary generosity of everyone involved, United Way can assure all donors that 100% of donations go toward supplies for surivivors of Hurricane Harvey. To read more about what inspired this supply drive and why we are doing it, go to www.uwdor.org/blog/why-harvey.

Please note that once this immediate crisis is over, the hard task of recovery and rebuilding will begin in the affected areas. The national United Way has set up The Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund and The Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund to help local United Ways meet the storm-related needs and support long-term recovery throughout the affected regions. United Way assures donors that 100% of individual donations given to these funds will be distributed to local United Ways in the affected areas. For more information, go to www.unitedway.org/recovery.


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