Calera Chief of Police Don Hyde issued an urgent appeal to local residents on Monday to step up to the plate to help South Texas neighbors affected by the flooding and unprecedented aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
Hyde said that with concern for victims and stranded animals growing as the crisis unfolds and becomes more dire, the department is now accepting donations and supplies to assist. Trips to deliver the much needed assistance to the stricken areas are currently in the planning stage with the first trip possibly slated for this Friday.
Hyde offered a specific list of items needed in a public Facebook post on Monday. The department is now requesting donations for the following:
Dog and puppy food, cat and kitten food, wire crates and travel kennels of all sizes, clay or clumping kitty litter, disposable litter pans, fleece blankets, towels, cleaning supplies such as Dawn dish soap and bleach, cases of bottled water (for people), and gallons of water (for animals). They are also accepting gift cards to Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Petco and Petsmart to purchase more specific supplies as they are needed.
All donations will be accepted at the Calera Police Department located at 112 W. Main in Calera between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. For more information, please contact the department directly at 580-434-7000.
Maria Moore-Kass is a freelance writer for the Democrat.