Veterans help bring much-needed supplies to Hurricane Harvey victimsHurricane Harvey, Texas (Army National Guard Photo, Sgt. 1st Class Malcolm McClendon)
The military charity Operation Supply Drop is organizing teams of local volunteers this week to provide on-the-ground aid to victims of Hurricane Harvey.
“We currently have a supply line in place from Austin through San Antonio that then connects to multiple forward operating bases in and around Houston and cities across South Texas,” Glenn Banton Sr., Executive Director of Operation Supply Drop, said, according to Polygon magazine.
Operation Supply Drop is made up of 37 teams across the country that include stateside veterans and civilian volunteers. The teams in Texas have mobilized to provide food, water and support to families in need.
In order to execute the operation, the organization started a fundraising campaign, Hurricane Harvey Impact Fund, which will be used to help hurricane victims and volunteers. Interested persons can donate directly to the fund or start their own campaign for specific needs.
“While physical donations are currently pouring in, we need to ensure that we continue to see the need and meet the need with often overlooked items, as well as to ensure our volunteers, staff and those we serve have gas for trucks and boats, food, water and shelter […],” Banton said.
Operation Supply Drop’s main focus, founded in 2010, is delivering care packages that include video games to active-duty service members.
Since 2010 their mission has expanded to include programs that provide various kinds of transitional support for veterans as they re-assimilate into civilian life, including addressing issues of veteran homelessness, mental health and employment opportunities.