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Local residents pitch in to help Harvey victims

As the waters of the Gulf Coast rose up to meet the citizens of Houston, a remarkable, though certainly not unprecedented, thing occurred: millions of Americans rushed to the aid of those who found themselves in dire straights from the deluge of Hurricane Harvey.

Some intrepid souls headed into the storm's path to help rescue citizens trapped by the flood waters, others, like Kremmling area resident De'An Ray, decided to see what could be done from closer to home and set up a fundraiser called Kremmling Cares.

"I have friends and family that were affected," said Ray, a 30-year resident of Texas. "Their houses were flooded. I was watching it on TV and it made me sick. I got up the next morning and called the chamber."

The Kremmling Chamber of Commerce is serving as the donation collection point and so far the citizens and businesses of Grand County have taken up the call.

Ray praised the efforts of one particular resident, Juli Eichler of Granby, who spearheaded a Labor Day weekend food drive at City Market, bringing in a total of nine shopping carts full of donated items.

Half of those items, including the baby items and hygiene products, were taken by a local volunteer driver to a regional hub in Denver Wednesday. Because of the ad hoc nature of Kremmling Cares, Ray is currently looking to connect with some regional charitable organizations to help handle the logistics of getting donated items down to the Houston area.

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"Different things go to different places," Ray said. "Baby items go to one place and food to another. We are trying to get it to the proper place."

Ray said she hopes to work something out with the Knights of Columbus and the local church. Moving forward, Ray continues to seek volunteer drivers who can help transport donated items out of the county to distribution hubs. She also hopes all of Grand County gets involved.

"This is something small we can do," Ray said. "The way I look at it, that could be us this winter with big snowstorms. The Texas I know, those people would be here to help us, first thing."

How you can help

What: Flood Disaster Relief Collection

Where: Kremmling Chamber of Commerce

Suggestions: Cash, diapers (both child & adult), baby wipes, “pop-top” non-perishable food items, cleaning Supplies, personal hygiene items. No clothing please.

Also seeking truck, trailer and delivery driver volunteers.

Contact: De’An Ray at windstorm.ranch@hotmail.com.

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