THE NEO CARES HURRICANE RELIEF SUPPLY DRIVE – A HUGE SUCCESS!
On Tuesday, Sept. 19, Andrews Moving & Storage, local agent for United Van Lines, partnered with WKYC Channel 3 of Tegra Media, Q104, The Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland and Pilot Flying J and hosted the “Northeast Ohio Cares Hurricane Relief Supply Drive” for those effected by the storms in Texas and Florida.
Andrews Moving & Storage was one agent among 13 different markets to participate in the drive. Between all the markets a total of 16 trailers were filled with goods which equaled approximately 350,000 pounds of supplies. Now that’s a lot of donations!!
Thanks to the generous support of everyone who donated, our company alone was able to completely fill one 53-ft trailer full of supplies to be shipped to children, families and communities in need. To give you an idea of how much that is, a 53-ft trailer is typically used in transporting one family’s entire household belongings during a residential move. When the fully-loaded truck was weighed for transportation purposes, the donations themselves equaled 20,000 pounds!
Andrews collected a total of 350 boxes of supplies and 720 cases of bottled water. The most heavily donated goods included bottled water, paper towels, canned goods, soap and diapers. Monetary donations were taken as well.
Four collection sites were set up around Greater Cleveland which included the main site at the Channel 3 television studio in downtown Cleveland, and three locations at area Walmart stores in North Olmsted, Aurora and Fairlawn.
Channel 3 broadcasted live segments throughout the day on the news and Live on Lakeside to promote awareness and show progress with the drive. Below are video clips of some of the segments. In the first segment, WKYC reporter, Eric Sever, interviews Andrews’ own long-time employee and driver, Tim O’Connor on the part Andrews played in the collection process. (Good job, Tim—here’s one for the family video library!).
7 p.m. live news segment WKYC reporter interviews
Andrews’ driver, Tim O’Connor
6 a.m. live news segment with Lynna Lai
Noon live segment with Danielle Wiggins on Lakeside Today
6 p.m. live news segment
Seeing so many people reaching out to help their fellow citizens was very heartwarming. Items on the donation list were depleted from Walmart shelves as concerned shoppers readily gave to help. At all locations, people unloaded trunks and shopping carts filled to the brim with donations to assist others in need. A local Aurora Walmart shopper said her brother and his family were flooded out of their home in Florida a couple of years ago and donated 10 cases of bottled water. Another story came from a generous North Olmsted contributor who said he just wanted to pay it forward to help those effected as he would want the same in such a situation. Yet another charitable lady in Fairlawn who worked at a retirement home donated a van full of surplus retirement supplies hoping they could go to another continuing care facility.
In addition to these wonderful contributions, several community groups that had conducted their own donation drives stopped in to give them to us to transport. Staff at Streetsboro City Schools came by in a bus and unloaded their items for us to take.
Donations were delivered later that week to Houston, Texas and Tampa and Ocala, Florida. Pilot Flying J Headquarters donated the fuel it took for our drivers to transport the items to their destinations.
“To be able to help those devastated by Harvey and Irma with the use of our transportation resources and expertise is an honor,” says Andrews Moving and Storage President, Chris Palange. “We all witnessed the destruction caused by the storms and we are excited to help play a role in transporting the generosity of Northeast Ohioans to those in need in Houston!”
WKYC General Manager, Micki Burns, adds, “The support for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts from Northeast Ohio has been overwhelmingly positive. We are now proud to partner with Andrews Moving and Storage, The Salvation Army, United Van Lines, Pilot Flying J and Q104 as we continue to serve the greater good.”
Pilot Flying J will be donating the fuel needed for trucks to deliver items to those in need. Director of Giving Back for Pilot Flying J, Will Haslam notes, “Fueling the trucks journey to deliver supplies to Houston is a privilege. With travel centers in Southeast Texas, Houston is among the hometowns where our guests and team members live and work. We are honored to help by partnering with everyone as well.”
To everyone who contributed to this event, whether through donations or volunteering time and effort, thank you so much from everyone here at Andrews! THE DRIVE WAS A SUCCESS BECAUSE OF YOU AND WE COULD NOT HAVE DONE THIS WITHOUT YOUR HELP!
FROM ALL THOSE IN NEED IN TEXAS AND FLORIDA AS WELL AS FROM ALL OF US AND OUR PARTNERS, THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!!!
Below are pictures from events at the four collection sites:
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