Fort Bend County officials and faith-based organizations teamed up with the American Red Cross to provide relief and resources to Hurricane Laura survivors. Donations from area residents, collected over the past week, were loaded onto Fort Bend transit vehicles ready to be shipped off to East Texas and Louisiana.
“Our Interfaith Council set up collection centers, we are using our transit authority’s vehicles to take it to Red Cross who are going to be our distribution channel,” said County Judge KP George.
George made his remarks on Tuesday evening during a news conference at the Fort Bend County Public Transit Facility in Rosenberg. He thanked residents and praised the American Red Cross, Fort Bend County Public Transportation and his Interfaith Council for organizing the drive. The contributions were displayed in the background and included non-perishable food items, bottled water, PPE, bleach, sanitizers and paper towels.
George was accompanied by county officials and representatives from the participating organizations
“The metropolitan Houston area and certainly Fort Bend County were spared the worst, but we cannot say the same for our brothers and sisters in East Texas and south-west Louisiana,” said Henry Van de Putte, CEO of the Gulf Coast Region for the American Red Cross.
Initially residents were invited to bring their donations at one of the participating faith centers between Sep 3-6, but Shariq Ghani from the Interfaith Council confirmed that the drive would be ongoing.
“In Fort Bend County we were very blessed that Hurricane Laura did not come our way,” said George. “Our aim is to support those who are in need.”