In response to the overwhelming cry for help from Hurricane survivors in Louisiana and Mississippi, we rallied the forces from our East Coast and Midwest offices determined to aid in any way we could. With the help of our many volunteers we were able to divert our Kansas City trucks, normally utilized for picking up donated automobiles, to haul emergency supplies to Gulf Coast evacuees in Texas.
We purchased truckloads of supplies from Costco, and picked up multiple loads of donated goods collected by Kansas City's Children's Mercy Hospital. Our drivers were kind enough to volunteer their time and energy in order to collect the supplies, and make the overnight drive to Texas to deliver them the next morning. This huge undertaking allowed us to fulfill some of the critical needs of over 200 people being sheltered at the Vietnamese Martyr's Church, plus an additional 200 people sheltered by the Dominican Sisters, all in Houston. We are proud of this achievement, and are pleased to provide a photo journal of the event on this page.
Our staff remains dedicated to continuing to assist those affected by the storm in any way we can.
And we, at The American Children's Society, would like to give very special thanks to these caring people from the Kansas City Area, who helped make the effort possible:
Shelly Doyle, Kansas City
Marcia Tammeus & Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City
Joseph Lopez, Costco, Overland Park, KS
Our driver picked up goods collected by Kansas City's Children's Mercy Hospital and donated to American Children's Society's Midwest Region.
We planned to deliver them to children impacted by the storm, so they would have something fun in addition to the essentials we would deliver to them in Houston.
We purchased pallets of food, water, and supplies from Costco. Helpful employees volunteered to load them onto the ACS truck.
Tired volunteers pose for our camera after completing the exhausting but satisfying work.
The truck is loaded and ready for the eighteen hour trip to Houston.
Our driver drove overnight so he could arrive when expected at the Vietnamese Martyrs Church in Houston.
The truck arrives at the Vietnamese Martyrs Church after all night drive from Kansas City.
Survivors start unloading the supplies.
Survivors continue the lengthy task of moving the huge load of supplies into the church shelter.
Survivors happily pose for the camera midway through the task of unloading the truck.
Please read the below letter written by the church Chairman to the American Children's Society, in appreciation for our efforts.