Help Solidarity Maryland*** (a Maryland based, all volunteer solidarity activist group) fill a truck with supplies to take to East Texas and distribute, much like we did for Standing Rock and Flint. We will work with activist colleagues and groups in the area to ensure the goods go to those in the most need.
We'll also spend 3-4 days in the area to help clean up: clearing debris, tearing out moldy sheet rock and carpet, hauling garbage, and basically working to get homes habitable again. We'll focus on the poorest and most neglected communities; people who cannot afford to pay for the labor needed and aren't being serviced by traditional releif orgs.
There are many local groups who are doing great work, mostly still focusing on rescue. We'll be fresh able bodies when they are worn out, tired and sick from living through this catastrophic life event. Help us give them a break and some moral and physical support.
Help fund our labor and supply run by making a donation here, on our GoFundMe.
Donated $$ will cover gas, rental of truck, 2-3 nights in a hotel on travel nights*, food stipends for volunteers, tolls, campsite for non travel nights. We'll also rent a generator to allow people to charge their devices, if we have enough $$.
Truck rental: $800
Trailer rental: $250
Hotel x 2 rooms, 2 nights: $400*
Camping in TX: $200**
Meals for volunteers: $400 (6 volunteers X 8 days)
Cushion: ~$500 (these are esitmates only, expenses could increase as gouging happens during a time of emergency, and all of the volunteers are struggling themselves. Gas and food could be more expensive than usual, and due to limited lodging, we will most likely have to stay 1+ hours away from the outskits of the disaster.)
If we do not meet our goal to cover travel expenses, we will not withdraw any funds and all donors will have the option to either get their $$ refunded or pass along to another group on GFM. We will not be withdrawing any funds until Sept 14, at the earliest, in order to rent the truck and trailer to start collecting donations over that weekend.
Needed items (See our FB event for info on how to donate supplies)
Cleaning and clean up supplies: Contractor trash bags, wheel barrels, rakes and brooms, claw hammers, pry bars, large dust pans, dehumidifiers, industrial fans, bleach, spray bottles, amonia (do not mix with bleach!), desicants, and other items needed to clean a flooded home
Tools, work gloves, extension cords, power strips, work lights, shoves, rakes, tarps, rope, zip ties, duct/gorilla tape,
Medical supplies: bandages, cold compresses, ace wraps, band aids, iodine, gauze, compression socks, canes/crutches, wheelchairs, Advil/Tylenol, other OTC meds like heartburn, cold/allergy, cramps, diarrhea, constipation, nasal sprays and saline,
Feminine Hygiene: pads, tampons, wipes
Food: dry and canned, fresh fruit and vegetables (uncut, only delivered on the last day of the drive)
Water: bottles and gallons
Pet food: cat, dog, bird, other. Canned and dry.
Cook wear, propane camp stoves and propane, hand/foot warmers, trash bags, storage bags, pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, flashlights, batteries, battery backup chargers, solar chargers,
Toilet paper, paper towels, soap, hand sanitizer, baby wipes, deodorant, dry shampoo, body lotion, chapstick, ear plugs, sleeping eyemasks, sunscreen, bugspray
Tents, stakes, sleeping pads, cots
Clothes: New socks and underwear, shoes, all sizes, clean, gently used pants, shirts, all sizes, all genders, kids and adults, boots, flip flops
School Supplies: notepads, spiral notebooks, folders, pens, pencils, paper, calculators, backpacks, pencil cases, markers/crayons, glue, scissors, rulers, 3 hole paper
Gift Cards for Amazon, Walmart/Target, Valero/Chevron/Exxon gas stations, Home Depot/Lowes, Bed Bath and Beyond/Homegoods, The Container Store
We'll need volunteers to help pick up donations and bring them to Baltimore for storage until we leave. Fill out this form to help shuttle:
We'll have room for 3-5 people to go to Texas to help distribute. This will be a "roughing it" trip to last 7 days. We'll camp for a portion of the trip. Fill out this form if you are interested in joining us (Leaving from Baltimore):
*Thanks to a generous donation of hotel points, we do not need to cover hotel rooms for travel days. Our total has been reduced to reflect this difference.
**We are now traveling for only 7 days (initially estimated at 8-10) so we'll only be camping for 5 nights. The total for that expense has been changed to reflect the difference.
***Solidarity Maryland was started and is led by Cristi Demnowicz, a baltimore area progressive activist. See more here: https://www.patreon.com/cdemnowicz
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