Harvey relief: York group needs help to transport supplies

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

Even as Hurricane Irma moves closer to making landfall in Florida, York-area organizations are asking people to keep donating what they can to help Texans whose lives have been turned upside down by Hurricane Harvey. 

The response has been so overwhelming that groups are now looking for more ways to transport supplies.

The York Revolution, Shiloh Baptist Church, the York County Food Bank and Bailey Coach all continue to assist those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

The food bank accepted donations until 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, at its distribution center, 254 W. Princess St. in York City.

Trucks are submerged on Pine Cliff Drive as Addicks Reservoir nears capacity due to near constant rain from Tropical Storm Harvey Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 in Houston. ( Michael Ciaglo/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Bailey Coach — which is a FEMA-certified motorcoach company that has already driven donated supplies to areas affected by Harvey —  accepted donations until 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, at their 55 S. Fayette St. garage in West Manchester Township. Donations of water, blankets and nonperishable items were accepted.

A Bailey Coach employee on Wednesday said the community's response has been overwhelming so far. Bailey Coach will drive four truckloads of donations and those made to the food bank to Texas later in the week.

Bailey Coach said in a news release Wednesday night that there are another six truckloads of supplies to be transported, but no trucks to take the supplies. The York County Community Foundation will contribute $4,000 and has established the Emergency Relief Fund to accept contributions for the transportation.

Bailey Coach is seeking $25,000 to transport the supplies.

Donations may be made here: www.yccf.org/donate.

Donors can designate their gift to the Emergency Relief Fund.

Help from the Revs: The York Revolution will donate 100 percent of its ticket sales to the American Red Cross from the team's doubleheader against the Long Island Ducks on Thursday, Sept. 7.

PeoplesBank has said it will match those donations.

"All proceeds from ticket sales for (Thursday's) games will be donated to the American Red Cross to directly support flood relief efforts in the Houston area, which includes Sugar Land, home of the Revolution’s fellow Atlantic League team, the Skeeters," according to a York Revolution news release.

Also, Revolution President Eric Menzer is asking fans to bring toiletry/hygiene products and baby items to Thursday's doubleheader.

Starts at 5 p.m.: Bailey Coach also will extend its supply drive and be at PeoplesBank Park for Thursday night's doubleheader, which starts at 5 p.m. and will feature two seven-inning games.

Tickets can be purchased at yorkrevolution.com, by calling 717-801-HITS, or at the ballpark.

Rain has forced the cancellation of the Rev's game set for Wednesday, Sept. 6, the Revolution announced on Wednesday afternoon. It will now be played at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, according to a news release, and tickets for Wednesday's game can be used for Monday's makeup game.

Fans who cannot attend Monday night may exchange their tickets for tickets to a remaining regular season home game or a playoff game if the team makes it to the postseason, based on availability. Exchanges must be made in person at the Apple Chevrolet Ticket Office at PeoplesBank Park.

God's Pit Crew: Shiloh Baptist Church is now acting as a drop-off location for relief supplies bound for the Houston area, according to its pastor, the Rev. Larry Walthour II.

Shiloh Baptist is partnering with God's Pit Crew Crisis Response Team and collecting donations that will be taken to Texas by God's Pit Crew, the pastor said.

The next local pickup will happen Friday, Sept. 8, and more could be scheduled in the future, he said.

Shiloh Baptist is accepting water, blankets, emergency medical supplies, toiletries and nonperishable food items, according to Walthour.

Items should be dropped off at the church, 740 W. Locust St. in York City. For more information, call Shiloh Baptist at 717-854-2547.

Women's items needed: The York chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) is accepting donations of women's personal hygiene items through Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Small Star Art House, 232 W. Market St. in York City.

Items can include menstrual pads, tampons and adult diapers, according to Peg Welch of York NOW.

Items will be sent to the Houston area to help women affected by the hurricane. Call 717-846-2089 to request a pickup or if you have questions.

Don't forget pets: West York BARk (Borough Animal Response krew) is collecting items for pets affected by Hurricane Harvey through 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, according to West York Councilwoman Shelley Metzler.

Items may be dropped off at 1700 W. Philadelphia St. on the front porch or at the back door for daily pickup. 

A shipment has already been sent to Texas to help affected pets, Metzler said.

As always, cash donations for the Harvey relief effort may be made directly to the American Red Cross at www.redcross.org.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.