PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - A chance viewing of a post on Facebook led to a big relief effort for one Texas town.
Jeremy Henry of Lewiston grew up in Orange, Texas. He wanted to do something to help his friends and family there. Many of them lost everything they had.
“Lots of friends lots of love ones who live in orange and just about all of them have lost their homes”, he said.
So he went on Facebook asking for donations.
“This has just been so heavy on me and I’ve been paying attention to what’s been going on down there and I felt like I needed to do something”, he said.
The post caught the attention of Krista Newman, owner of AURA nightclub in Portland.
“We have been thinking of something to support Texas during this horrible time and it just felt right”, she said.
So she rented a large truck for Jeremy, got city permission to park it in Monument Square and had her friends at Town Square Media get the word out on their radio stations. The response was overwhelming. People walked up with bags and boxes, others just pulled up to the curb in cars and trucks. Within a few hours, the truck was completely filled.
“I don't know Krista I'm supposed to meet her today”, Henry said.
A short time later the two met for the first time. Two strangers, coming together, to do good for people in a time of need.
"It's just destruction everywhere. It's very sad and there's a lot of hurting people down there”, Henry said.
“We do it as a business to give back to the community and to those less fortunate than ourselves and also as an individual, to teach to our children that if people need, it’s always good to give if you’re able to”, Newman said.
Henry plans to begin his journey South on Monday. He’s not sure what he’ll encounter. He’s hoping to get as close to Orange, Texas as possible, to begin distributing the goods to area shelters.
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