*Update* Oconee Sheriff's Office No Longer Accepting Supplies for Hurricane Relief
The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is no longer taking donations for Hurricane Harvey relief. Sheriff Scott Berry says his office collected enough items to fill four truckloads of supplies for flood victims in Texas. The tractor trailers filled with baby food, canned food, diapers, water, pet food and cleaning supplies will be escorted by Oconee deputies to meet up with Texas deputies, they will then be distributed to the local community. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has set up a drop off location if you have supplies you would like to donate. Jackson County is accepting those donations on Monday.
The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is among the local agencies lending a helping hand to victims of Hurricane Harvey. Sheriff Scott Berry says his office is working with LAD Truck Lines to take supplies to flood-ravaged victims in Texas.
“You know, all we did is put the word out, and of course LAD just so graciously said yes, we’re all in sheriff,” according to Berry. “So we’ve got one truckload of supplies already loaded, all from volunteers from northeast Georgia. We’ve have people from Barrow, Madison, Oglethorpe, Clarke, and of course Oconee County, bring supplies.”
The sheriff says they want items that can be donated immediately.
“We need diapers and baby food; we want to take care of the babies. Pet food, cat litter, things like that. For immediate food we wanted cans, nothing that takes a lot of preparation, canned food with pop tops, something you can open and heat up real quick. And then of course, water and Gatorade.
Additional items include cleaning supplies like bleach and gloves, paper towels, and toilet tissue among other items are also needed. Sheriff Berry would like to have the items dropped off by late afternoon tomorrow.
“If they have a donation they’d like to drop off, we’d really like to have it by tomorrow at 3 or 4 o’ clock.”
Sheriff Berry says the trucks can be in Texas by Wednesday.