The North Texas charity that collected relief donations for Hurricane Harvey victims now hopes to ship some donations to the islands affected by Hurricane Maria while still helping those in need in Texas.
Trusted World’s relief operation has been running for five weeks straight and in that time they had 15-16,000 volunteers helping to move, sort and pack pallets to help out Harvey storm victims in the Houston area.
Trusted World founder Michael Garrett says every day multiple 18-wheelers are loaded up and head down toward the Houston area.
“Sugarland, Beaumont and lots of stuff is just leaving here all the time now,” Garrett said.
Garrett said his organization is committed for the long haul along the Texas gulf coast. Harvey victims need cleaning supplies: mops, brooms and buckets. Garrett said Trust World wants to continue sending relief items to those in need as long as there are resources to get them there.
Trusted World can still use volunteers and monetary donations to keep the relief rolling in.
But over time, though, needs change. Garrett said Harvey storm victims no longer need bottled water, so he's trying to get it to those who really need it.
"We understand Puerto Rico needs water, and so we're trying to find the right connections, the right resources, so we can turn around and send the water there,” Garrett said.
Annanette Bamzon has volunteered nearly every day for five weeks at the facility.
"Every day I say to myself I got things to do at home, but I feel I am needed more here because this is important,” Bamzon said.
That kind of commitment appears contagious.
"That's the first thing we noticed when we walked in -- it's all the donations, it makes your heart feel good,” said volunteer, Anandarus Allen. “Like I said just doing our part, we donate something, time, clothing, items whatever."