Central Texas family, organizations collect supplies for flood victims

Posted at 4:00 PM, Aug 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-25 19:09:08-04

When a local resident turned on his TV a couple of weeks ago, they were saddened by the historic flooding in Baton Rouge.

Nolanville resident Phillip Floyd Jr. and his wife LaQuinta have family ties to Louisiana.

“What could we do, you know, to help out those affected there,” said Floyd.

Floyd knows there’s a need for a lot, but as a parent, Floyd thought of something small but extremely necessary.

“Sometimes we take things for granted just crayons, pencils, and papers and markers and things but when you think about it those are the things  the essential tools our in our lives that our children use on a daily basis,” said Floyd.

Floyd and his wife posted on Facebook asking for donations for the kids in Baton Rouge. News of the supply drive quickly spread and collection boxes began popping up at local businesses.

Floyd asks whether big or small, please donate whatever you can spare.

Friend and barbershop owner Stefan Taylor said he was delighted when Floyd came to him with the idea.

“There’s kids that are unfortunate because of what they’re going through in other parts of the world but for them to sacrifice some of their…belongs for a greater cause is uplifting,” said Stephon Taylor, owner of Blades Barber School.

Taylor says that he will be collecting school supplies at all six of the barbershops in the greater Killeen and Harker Heights areas.  

Other drop off locations include Exit Homevets Realty in Killeen, and Allstate Insurance/Brand Financial in Copperas Cove.

Killeen Independent School District will also be collecting supplies for the cause at all of their schools.

The Floyds will head to Louisiana tomorrow to drop off everything they’ve collected. The family plans to make another trip in a couple of weeks.

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