Winona businesses and residents are coming together in many ways to help those who have been in the path of devastating hurricanes.
The Riverport Inn, along with its sister properties is collecting donations for their Hurricane Harvey Helping Hands Campaign. New and unopened items can be donated before 6pm Friday, September 22nd. A 53-foot trailer has been donated by outlaw Trucking, and Hamson Trucking will bring it to Texas on Saturday. They are collecting a wide variety of items, from toiletries, cleaning supplies, food, beverages, baby items, gift cards, cash, and school supplies. Radio station KG95-3 will be broadcasting live from The Riverport all day Friday, helping to get the truck filled with donations.
Wincraft and Fastenal have teamed up to send a shipment of over 7,000 hand and bath towels to areas hit by Hurricane Harvey. The towels were misprints or undeliverable orders, but Wincraft Marketing Manager John Killen Jr. says he's happy they will be put to good use. The Wincraft towels were loaded onto Fastenal trucks and sent to Texas first, and then shipped along the coast to more storm victims. While in the hurricane-impacted areas, Fastenal employees also pitched in with more aid, such as water and canned goods, to the Red Cross relief efforts.
The Winona Area Humane Society has taken in a half dozen displaced dogs that were evacuated from shelters in Texas, and they plan to accept more. Winona Area Humane Society Director Amanda Dempsey and her team collected donations totalling about $1,000 at Walmart and are currently collecting more to be sent in October.
And Castle Realty teamed up with Leighton Broadcasting's 101.1 The River radio station to collect donations for Hurricane Harvey with a live pay-for-play request show earlier this month. Sugar Loaf Ford's Mike Puetz called in a $1,000 donation. Other area residents and businesses joined in, for a total of $2200 in donations.