The Ocean Pines Public Works Department is delivering items that were collected throughout the community for Hurricane Harvey victims to Hurlock, Md. on Friday, Sept. 15.
“People all over Ocean Pines and Worcester County have answered our call to donate,” said Ocean Pines Marketing and Public Relations Director Denise Sawyer. “We were able to collect enough items to fill a 16-foot enclosed trailer.”
In Hurlock, crews will sort and organize items that have been collected across the peninsula, including Ocean Pines.
Initially, the Ocean Pines Association had hoped to raise enough items to provide a tractor-trailer load of organized relief for Irving Cares, an emergency assistance non-profit organization and shelter for displaced families in Texas. But the load of items collected from residents and guests did not warrant the expense of cross-country travel. For this reason, the Association decided to join area communities and businesses with chipping in so that the Town of Hurlock can ship out truckloads of donations from Delmarva to Texas.
The Association, with the help of its residents, neighbors, local businesses and organizations, employees and Board of Directors, was able to provide some relief to Texas, where tens of thousands of people remain in shelters or hotels three weeks after the deadly hurricane rolled in from the Gulf of Mexico.
“It’s heartbreaking to watch families struggle to piece their lives back together but it’s comforting knowing the people of Ocean Pines are willing to help those in need more than 1,600 miles away,” said Sawyer.
For more information about the Ocean Pines Coastal Community Relief Effort, contact 410-641-7717, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.