Mayor's Office Press Release

City of Houston "Paying It Forward" Volunteers Will Deliver Hurricane Laura Supplies Saturday Morning

September 5, 2020 -- Help is on the way for some East Texas residents who are working to rebuild their communities after the devastation caused by Hurricane Laura. Volunteers spent Friday collecting and packaging supplies that Houstonians have generously donated to the Paying it Forward Hurricane Laura relief effort.

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Saturday morning, A-Rocket Moving and Storage drivers will leave Houston and head east to deliver more than two truck loads of diapers, nonperishable food, cleaning materials, bottled water, pet food and other supplies.

The trucks will arrive by 8 a.m. and stage at the West Orange-Stark Middle School, located at 1402 Green Ave., Orange, TX 77630.

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"I am proud that Houstonians have opened their hearts and wallets to help our neighbors recover from Hurricane Laura," said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. "Our city will never forget the help that poured into Houston after Hurricane Harvey. We will continue to pay forward the volunteerism and generosity with every chance we get."

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The Mayor’s Health Equity Response (H.E.R) Task Force is working with Kroger President Joe Kelly, Gallery Furniture owner Jim McIngvale, A-Rocket Moving and Storage and the Relief Gang to coordinate "Houston's Paying It Forward" Hurricane Relief Response to Hurricane Laura.

All donated items will be sent to our neighbors in Port Arthur, Orange, and Beaumont, Texas as well as Sulphur and Lake Charles, Louisiana.

The relief effort will accept donations through Thursday, September 10. People can drop-off donations at the George R. Brown Convention Center and Gallery Furniture from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Kroger Stores will also have collection boxes at each of its locations.

Due to COVID-19 protocols, all donated items must be new and unused/unopened.

Drop off locations:
George R. Brown Convention Center
Hall D off Chartres Street/Walker Street - Ground level
1001 Avenida de las Americas Drive
Houston, Texas 77010

Gallery Furniture
6006 North Freeway
Houston, Texas 77076

Kroger Store locations

Requested supplies:

  • Diapers
  • Cleaning supplies (especially with bleach)
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Nonperishable food
  • Bottled water
  • Pet food and supplies