Community coming together for Houston

The Destin Log
4H Customs’ Justin Henzel organizes bottled water cases donated by local businesses and residents. [ABRAHAM GALVAN/THE LOG]

The Destin community knows too well what it's like dealing with the aftermath of a major hurricane.

Because of this, the community did not hesitate to come together and participate in relief efforts in the Houston area following this week's Hurricane Harvey.

Local charities, churches and business carried out plans and trips to send supplies to those affected by the hurricane. Water, non-perishable food, clothes and personal hygiene items were collected in different location throughout the city.

Mission Love Seeds teamed up with Harvest House, Rhodes Auto Repair and Lisa Snuggs Real Estate Group to allow donors to drop off items at different locations throughout the week.

“We will have a Missions Love Seeds team of trucks, trailers and SUVs who will leave early Saturday morning and will be heading to Texas to help families and animals,” said The charity’s president Barbi Carroll.

The mission’s other goal is to rescue as many pet dogs and cats as they can.

“We are currently reaching out to local animal organizations and looking for foster families once we bring them back to Destin,” said Lisa Snuggs, who is one of the volunteers going on the trip to Texas.

Snuggs said they will take photos of rescued animals and document them.

“Our goal is to help the pet population that is lost, drowning and starving,” she said. “We are hoping to someday reunite them with their families,”

Destin United Methodist Church is asking the community to help by donating relief cleaning supply kits.

“The buckets come with a list of items to fill them up with,” said Barry Carpenter, the church’s lead pastor. “It’s about $65 worth of essentials like liquid house hold cleaners, trash bags, gloves and sponges.”

The church hopes to collect several hundred buckets and send them over to United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) that will distribute them to the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.

“People wanting to help can come in to the Destin Life Center, pick up their bucket, fill it up and bring it back,” Carpenter said.

Carpenter said he encourages people to also place a note or prayer for those receiving the bucket kits.

“We encourage the opportunity for person to person involvement and help change people's lives,” he said.

Destiny Worship Center’s Lead Pastor Steve Vaggalis posted a video message on the center’s website encouraging people to come together and donate bottled water or money for hurricane victims in the Houston area.

“Help us bring some bottles of water to the Houston area. If you go online to our website or to our app you can give safe and securely," he said on the website’s video message on Tuesday.

Vaggalis said for every $50 donated, the center can buy a pallet of bottled water.

“We have already bought 103,000 (bottles). My goal is for us to do over a quarter of a million bottles of waters for phase one relief,” he said. “Help me show the love of Christ not just in word but in action.”

4Hcustoms, which is located at 216 Mountain Drive, has joined forces with several local businesses with the goal to fill up two trailers and a U-haul truck by Monday.

4H Customs Owner Justin Henzel said with the help of AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar, ResortQuest Real Estate and Advanced Protective Technology, he has gotten over 100 cases of bottled water, personal hygiene items, toys and towels.

“It’s amazing how everybody is coming together to collect,” he said. “We have to support our neighbors in need.”

Henzel said when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, he didn’t have the means to help out, but now he does.

“If something bad would of happen here, I would love for our neighboring states help out,” he said.