Virginia Man Organizes Donation Drive Supporting Harvey Victims

Taylor Holt
September 05, 2017 11:02 PM

Cars pulled in the parking Lot of the Miners Memorial Building in Virginia with trunk loads of items, to send to help victims affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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"I donated a case of water," said Ann Levene, a Virginia resident.

"I had a lot of clothes. I went though my closet of nicer clothes, work clothes," said Kirsten Hennis, an Eveleth resident. "I just really feel bad for what's happening down there and it's the least I can do is to make a small donation."

Within hours the donation trailer set up outside the building was practically full.

"It was extremely busy. We've gotten a lot of donations and were happy for that," said David Poderzay, who organized the drive.

After hearing of the destruction in Texas, he says he just wanted to do something to help.

"I posted a post on Facebook and got quite a bit of response," said Poderzay.

"What started out as just a feeler turned into a widespread community outreach of generously, that we never thought would actually blow up this much," said Maria Poderzay, David's wife.

Some of the main donations were things like toilet paper, baby diapers and other hygiene products. Those are the things that are most needed.

"We need pretty much what you would use on a daily basis for personal hygiene," said David. "There's a Houston food bank fund that we're collecting checks for and then when I get down to Houston, I'll be bringing that to them."

David says thanks to the community's support they can assist in making a difference.

"Just like to thank everybody for all the donations," said David.

David plans to leave for Houston Friday morning, and a church down there will help distribute the items

The drive was originally supposed to be a two day event but because of the overwhelming amount of donations today, they had to cancel tomorrow's drop off.

The drop-off went from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Taylor Holt

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