Relief efforts organized for hurricane victims

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Anyone who would like donate financially to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey may visit the website at https://emergency.portal.texas.gov/ as an aid to locate charitable organizations assisting in hurricane relief efforts. The link includes information on tips to avoid fraudulent charitable contribution schemes, said Smith County and City of Tyler officials.

The Whitehouse community and the First Assembly of God Church in Whitehouse will be taking a trailer of supplies to aid in the disaster caused by Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area. Donated items should include clothes, pillows, blankets, towels, diapers, wipes, formula and bottles, toiletries, hygiene items, water and non-perishable food items.

Donated items should be dropped at the church at 502 S. Highway 110, no later than Saturday, Sept. 2. For more information, call the church at (903) 839-2356.

Brad Hawkins of Whitehouse, along with several volunteers, is helping to organize efforts to feed evacuees from Houston and South Texas who escaped danger by travelling to Tyler. Hawkins said 1,500 evacuees were placed in area hotels and motels Monday, Aug. 28. More may be expected.

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