Kentuckians provide relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)- A group of volunteers from the Frankfort chapter of the Salvation Army loaded up a van this afternoon to make the 15 hour drive to Houston, to aid those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

The volunteers say they will drive down to Memphis today, where they will meet with a larger group of volunteers assembled from other Salvation Army chapters across the country and then caravan to Houston.

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Once in Texas, the group says their main job will be to provide food, water, and any other disaster assistance to those in need.

“It is really sad to just see what is happening down there. Families, businesses, everything pretty much, and it’s sad and disheartening, but we are there; we want people to come out and help and support everybody in Texas,” said Harold Gitau, a member of the Frankfort chapter of the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army encourages anyone wanting to provide assistance to those affected, whether it be through donations or volunteering, to visit their website (www.salvationarmyusa.org) or contact their local chapter.

Not only are Kentuckians providing assistance through the Salvation Army, but also via the American Red Cross.

David Silver, a Richmond native, is among those currently in Texas helping victims of the storm.

Silver and a team of Red Cross volunteers from across the country have spent the past five days doing as much as they can to help those displaced by this weekend’s storm.

He says he arrived in Houston just before Hurricane Harvey made landfall, and says he and a group of other volunteers were told to go to a smaller town between Houston and Austin to assist people affected by flooding.

Silver says he’s been a Red Cross volunteer for years, and this storm is the worst he’s ever seen.

“I’ve been in other hurricanes as a civilian without it, and this one was bad. This one, because it just sat over you, it didn’t move, that was the scary part,” said Silver.

Silver says he will be in Texas for two weeks helping victims of Hurricane Harvey before coming back to Kentucky.

In total, 32 people from the Red Cross here in Lexington went down to Texas to help, and the chapter has raised more than 400 thousand dollars.