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LP helping Texas Flood victims

Wednesday, September 06, 2017 14:48 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

A semi trailer in LaPorte was quickly filling up with bottled water, non-perishable food, diapers and other supplies to help flood victims in Texas.

Mo Fick, a lifelong LaPorte resident and Shawna Fonte of Hudson Lake started the drive Thursday and six days later the over 50 foot long trailer parked outside Dairy Queen along Lincolnway was two-thirds full.

Fick and her father, Charles Miller, the owner of a trucking company, will start heading to New Caney outside Houston as soon as the trailer can no longer hold any more items for flood ravaged victims of Hurricane Harvey.

''The LaPorte community has been amazing. They've reached out to us with 100-percent support,'' said Fick.

Other sought after items include shampoo, feminine hygiene products, household cleaning supplies, brand new socks and undergarments along with pet food.

Fonte is leading a separate drive for supplies she plans to drive to Newton, Texas in a moving truck beginning the 24th of this month.

Similar items in that drive are being accepted at the LaPorte County Small Animal Shelter, New Prairie Small Animal Clinic and Michiana Humane Society.

Fick said she and Shawn got involved thinking somebody locally should be part of the cause.

There was also an emotional attachment with Fick's daughter and son ages 9 & 8 living in Dallas three-years ago when adopted.

''For them, the state of Texas is home,'' said Fick.

Her husband, Ryan, pulled up Wednesday with more than 80 cases of bottled water costing $1.99 a case to spare flood victims from price gouging on bottled water reported from some of the flooded areas.

''We figured we'd give them some water,'' Mr. Fick said.

Mrs. Fick said they're also seriously talking about gathering supplies for whoever ends up in

the path of Hurricane Irma heading Wednesday toward Florida.

''I think after we get everything down to Texas, we're going to start organizing one giant set up for Florida,'' Fick said.
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