Gardner Love: Hurricane Harvey Relief

By Crystal Gardner-Phillips | August 29, 2017

Are your hearts also breaking for those in Houston and surrounding areas? If you’re like us, seeing the harrowing videos and images of Hurricane Harvey has stirred a multitude of sad memories. However, with every storm, there is always light that follows.

In 2005, our neighbors came to our aid when Hurricane Katrina displaced us from our communities. These hospitable friends – and sometimes strangers – opened up their hearts and their homes to us. That’s just what good neighbors do, and it’s what makes us such a strong community not only here but across the country.

Now, it’s our turn to give back.  We’ll make the trip to Houston next week to give some much-needed relief by distributing the items we’ve collected.





While we all want to reach out and do as much as we can for those affected by the hurricane, specific items are being requested. Please drop off items at any Gardner office between August 28 and September 1 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.


*The Deadline for accepting items is September 1, 2017, at 5 p.m.*



– Please be sure that items are in new or good condition and are included in the list below
– Please be sure that a list of the box contents is taped to the top of the box



– Clean clothes – Adult & Children (socks, new underwear, shirts, pants, shorts, shoes, etc.)
– New toiletries
– Diapers & baby formula
– Cleaning supplies
– Water
– Bulk food (no electricity-friendly items)
– Feminine hygiene products



– Food
– Pet shampoo
– Water



More Ways To Help

You can also donate directly to the American Red Cross. To make a financial donation, visit their website, call 1.800.RED CROSS or text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation for those in need.

Or, include a handwritten note or two with your donation or send to the Red Cross for those who are on the front lines of these disasters including police and fire departments, schools, and churches to offer your good wishes. In situations such as these, this gesture is typically appreciated.


Thank you so much for your generosity! #GardnerLove


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