Huntington – George Schwertl brought the community together to collect nonperishable items through donation bins set up at local fire departments and businesses to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. The community responded immediately and within four days, the relief effort exploded. The donated supplies included water, canned food, dry goods, baby products, blankets, wipes, dog, cat and horse food, box vans, tractor trailers and drivers
The team left Huntington on Thursday night September 7, 2017 headed for Texas with police escorts from Suffolk, Nassau and New York City. There were 5 sprinter vans, 2 box trucks and 2 tractor trailers loaded with supplies donated by Huntingtonians all packed to full capacity.After 50 hours of driving the caravan of Trucks arrived in Houston, where the Texans greeted them shouting Strong Island!Their first drop was in Beaumont, Texas at the Sterling Pruitt Activity Center and then Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. Their next stop was at the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston before making their last stop at the Lone Star Convention & Expo Center in Conroe, Texas. The two tractor trailers delivered supplies to a warehouse dubbed the Harvey Relief Hub in Houston There were so many people and organizations that helped in this effort including the following Fire Departments:
- Dix Hills
- East Northport,
- Huntington Manor
We want to thank the team of George Schwertl, George Schwertl Jr., Andre Sorrentino, Sen. Phil Boyle, Frank McKay, Richard McGuigan, and Casey McDonald. Chris Pliaconis from the Plycon Transportation Transport group, Bobby and Michelle Fitzimmons from the Food Authority, Karen Sharrott from Enterprise Rental Car and Kim Devlin. Drivers included Rob Walford, Joe Cipriano, Jeff Peckelis, Gary Eagan and Calum Leonard. Rep Kevin Brady from Texas 8th district helped unload the trucks in Texas.