Reno County steps up for Harvey victims


FILE – In this Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, file photo, Rhonda Worthington talks on her cellphone with a 911 dispatcher as she gets out of her car after her vehicle become stalled in rising floodwaters from Harvey in Houston. Cellphone networks are largely functional in the Texas and Louisiana regions hit by Harvey, as cellphone […]

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Local organizations and community leaders throughout the state of Kansas are still organizing to get help out to Houston. The latest effort is out of Reno County where volunteers loaded three pallets of bottled water into a truck, for Harvey victims.

“We had a surplus of water from the fires earlier this year,” said organizer, Matthew Leiker with Mid-America Point of Sale.

The devastation of those fires left some Reno County residents without homes.

“There was an overwhelming amount of support from the community and that left us with a lot of supplies that they have just been waiting to give to someone in need,” said Leiker.

The Reno County community made the call and Mid-America Point of Sale worked in conjunction with the Reno County Sheriff’s Office, Senator Jerry Moran’s office, and WSU’s Student Veterans Association to coordinate relief for Harvey victims.

“There are a few different elements here,” said Leiker. “We are working as a representative of the sheriff’s department but Senator Jerry Moran and WSU’s Veteran Association is also involved.”

WSU’s Veteran Association is the centralized drop-off location for supplies for Harvey victims. This group has organized their efforts with FEMA and will have a specific drop-off location for all the supplies collected.

“We didn’t want to hesitate,” said Leiker. “We wanted to make sure we worked as quickly as possible.”

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