5 Truck Drivers Who Became Hurricane Harvey Heroes
Hurricane Harvey left a devastating mark on Texas. After damaging homes, businesses, livestock and lives, America united in helping its victims. The government, private companies, non-profit organizations and even individuals are taking part in sharing their resources. Some of these people are the truck drivers who simply did what they did best – deliver goods.This time, to help the victims.
1. Cody Johnson, Alpine Trucker
Cody Johnson is an Alpine truck driver who started his own campaign to gather donations for the hurricane Harvey victims. He loaded up his rigs with items collected from donors and delivered them to Texas.
It started with a simple social media post that was well accepted and supported by the Alpine residents. In spite of the heat, people came in, bringing donations for victims, including their livestock and their pets. Donations included food, clothes, toiletries, baby necessities, pet food livestock feeds and even hay for the horses.
Donors said that they were moved by the pictures and videos online. They knew that they needed to help in their own little way. Along with donations, the donors added heartfelt messages to victims written in donation boxes that are headed to Texas.
2. Mark Reynolds, Texas Native Trucker
Mark Reynolds started his own initiative to collect donations at the Floresville Walmart Supercenter. Having been in Texas himself and narrowly escaped the storm, he said coming back home to Floresville and watching how Houston was torn into pieces by the storm inspired him to take action and do something about it. “I’ve got the equipment; I’m going to use it,” Reynolds said.
Dozens of people loaded donations into his 18-wheeler truck. Although he is making the trip alone, he said that social media has played a large role in spreading the word about his initiative. Almost everyone who donated said that they knew about this through Facebook or Twitter and also shared the post with others.
3. Dov Mandel, Rabbi Trucker
Dov Mandel is actually a Rabbi who volunteered himself to become a truck driver for the Kosher food supplies that needed to be delivered to Texas. Rabbi Dov Mandel is the director of Chabad-Lubavitch from Fort Worth, Texas, about a four-hour drive northwest of Houston.
With the amount of damage that hurricane Harvey has brought, he realized that the Kosher-food supplies for the victims were ruined. His team ordered a large amount of food supplies from Miami and rented a refrigerated truck for its delivery. The truck’s contents included meat, poultry, milk and other perishables, and originated in Miami earlier in the week.
The Jewish community all over America united in this effort to help the fellow Jews in Houston and provide them prayers but most especially, with the Kosher food that they need.
4. Jeff Piller & Milwaukee Tow Truck Drivers
Jeff Piller of All City Towing gathered his crew of tow truck drivers in Milwaukee to tow flooded cars in Houston, Texas.
“They’re estimating about a half-million cars are going to be flooded,” Jeff said. He is estimating that clearing up the streets would take months, and a huge part of the job is removing abandoned vehicles that were flooded and damaged. Aside from his towing services, they will also be filling up the tow trucks with donations and supplies for the victims so that they will be ready for distribution when they arrive.
Piller said that his efforts will cause his towing business in Milwaukee to be short on employees and trucks but he knows that this is the right thing to do after seeing the wreck that Harvey has caused.
5. Jeremy Jansen & The PCLA Drivers
Jeremy Jansen is the Co-Founder of PCLA, the Pure Country Livestock Association. The organization uses their tractor trailers for relief supplies delivery to victims of natural disasters in the United States.
The PCLA started working together for the Harvey victims after the rain has stopped. They set up staging sites in different communities across the country. They asked for donations in social media and the supplies have poured in ever since. They have been hauling back and forth since they started their initiatives.
Check out our article on PCLA’s work after the storm here.
Hurricane Harvey may have brought heart-wrenching stories but it surely highlighted something even more important – the heart of the American people and the power of volunteerism. In this time of need, we are consoled by the fact that there is still unity among us. No race, no religion, no political party and no personal interest, simply a heart of service.
Kudos to our truck driver heroes!