Sylvania donation drive fills truck heading for Texas

SYLVANIA, Oh (WTVG) - Donations for hurricane victims in Texas came pouring in during a donation drive, Tuesday.

The goal is to fill a truck and head south. Now, thanks to overwhelming support from the community, that trip is a reality.

"I had no idea it would turn into something this big," Jaime Clark, who's collecting donations, said.

She helped spearhead the effort and is one of four people making the drive to Texas. She has personal ties to the area and says she couldn't just sit back and watch.

"I like to give back," she told 13abc. "I don't have a lot to give but if I can touch a few people; it's my nature."

The group collected toiletry items, cleaning supplies, even clothing. By Thursday evening the hope is that every item will be in the hands of those who need it most.

"We know it doesn't replace valuable stuff, but it gives them a helping hand," Danny Fisher, director of girls coaching, Pacesetter Soccer Club said.

The club was quick to get on board with the initiative.

"It teaches the kids that you have to give back," he said. "You have to care for others, you have to help each other out because one day it could be you."

The organization sent out some 3,000 emails to spread the word and it worked.

Mary McClain jumped at the opportunity to help.

"Water, toiletry items, some pet supply stuff, anything that I thought could be used on a short term basis," she said of the bags in her car. "I actually went to Rite Aide and cleared the shelves."

The drive ended Tuesday night but Clark says if you would like to donate anything else before they hit the road early Thursday, the deadline is 3 p.m. Wednesday. She asks that you call 567-322-4141.