Hurricane Harvey relief efforts continue across county

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, more entities in Walker County are accepting donations to be sent to flood victims. As of Wednesday afternoon, 28 people had died as a result of Hurricane Harvey, with meteorologists saying a record 52 inches of rain had fallen in parts of Texas. Houston’s police chief also reported that the police department has received 60,000 to 70,000 calls for help. Shelters for hurricane victims were even being flooded on Wednesday. Cordova High School teacher Ashlyn Blevin is coordinating ways for students to raise money for those rebuilding their lives in Texas. On Wednesday, students were allowed to wear a hat to school if they donated $1 to the cause, and today students will be allowed to wear sweatpants by giving $1. A penny drop is also ongoing through Sept. 5. Each grade level has a bucket to dispense coins into, and the grade level that collects the most money will be allowed extra break time. Donations will also be accepted at the school’s football game Friday night, with collection sites located at each gate entrance. All money collected by the school will be donated to the American Red Cross. “We are reaching out to a team that came to Cordova High School to help after the 2011 tornadoes,” Cordova High Principal Kathy Vintson said. “We are hoping to coordinate efforts with them to help as they continue the process of rebuilding.” Curry High School is also collecting donations of canned goods, canned pet food, diapers, adult diapers, cleaning supplies, rubber gloves and bottled water. The school’s Anchor Club is spearheading the collection drive, with other school organizations assisting. Curry Anchor Club Sponsor Jennifer Nichols said she is proud of students wanting to do something to help the people of Texas. “It’s something that our kids actually wanted to do, so that was really big that they wanted to do it. They got the ball rolling, and we’re actually helping them,” Nichols said. The school will accept donations through Friday to be taken to Desperation Church, who will be taking donations from across the county to Texas. Curry High will continue collecting items until Sept. 15, with all items donated after Friday going to the American Red Cross. Monetary donations and clothing will not be collected at the school. Other Hurricane Harvey relief efforts across Walker County and in Birmingham are as follows: •Clayton Homes in Jasper will be taking donations of blankets, sheets, clothes, sanitary items and toiletries through Friday, which may be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

General Manager Mark Moseley said he hopes the items can provide a bit of comfort to those impacted by Mother Nature in Texas. “We’re in the business of providing houses for people, and the thought of so many people being without a home is horrible to us,” Moseley said. “We want to provide as much of everything as we can. ... We’re heartbroken over what they’re going through over there.” •Hunter’s Chapel Holy Church of Christ in Jasper posted on their Facebook page Wednesday that they will be collecting diapers, baby wipes and insect repellant to be taken to Texas. They will be taking donations until Friday. •Scott Crump Toyota in Jasper will be driving a 50-foot truck to Texas over the weekend with much needed supplies. They will be accepting donations of canned goods, water, clothing, blankets, toiletries, new first aid kits, cleaning supplies and bleach, pet food, baby wipes and diapers from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Saturday. “My best friend’s daughter lives in Houston and another one of my friend’s lives in Houston, and it’s been a struggle for them,” Scott Crump said. “If everybody in the United States sent something, we’re still going to be short. ... This is the beginning of a long battle.” Gunter Body Shop in Jasper is also collecting in-kind donations to be taken to Scott Crump Toyota. •Wells Fargo customers can donate to the American Red Cross at their ATM branches nationwide to help in relief efforts. •Towns and businesses across the county are continuing to collect items such as diapers, canned goods, bottled water, cleaning supplies and canned pet food to be taken to Desperation Church over the weekend. The church will then provide transport for those supplies. Items for the Lone Star State will also be accepted at the church’s services on Sunday at 9:15 or 11 a.m. at the Jasper, Cullman and Arab church campuses. Donations will not be accepted after noon on Sunday. The Town of Oakman, Town of Parrish, Parrish Elementary, Oakman Middle and High schools and Curry High School will be taking donations made through Friday to the church. •Bevill State Community College’s Salon & Spa Management Department on the Sumiton campus is accepting items to make care packages that will be sent to shelters in Texas. A list of items that will be placed in the care packages is available on the BSCC Facebook page. Donations will be accepted in the cosmetology classroom of building 100 on the Sumiton campus through Friday. Students on other campuses may drop off items for care packages at Student Services. •Furry friends are also being helped by the Greater Birmingham Humane Society in Birmingham. The humane society has placed 42 animals from Texas into foster homes, and need donations of metal bowls, crates, collars, leashes, chew toys, fleece blankets and dog food to care for those animals.