Those affected by the flood waters of Hurricane Harvey and its accompanying storms are going to receive aid from a variety of Cobb sources.
Here’s how they are helping, but also some ways that you can help as well.
Marietta City Schools
While a mention of “Marietta High School” along with “toilet paper” may invoke memories of school years gone past, the Blue Devil community is asking for donations of two-ply to help those affected by Harvey and its storms.
“Let’s buy toilet paper ... not to roll our school ... but to help Houston Roll On!” reads a post on the high school’s Facebook page advertising a “Rolls of Relief” campaign, which asks for donations of bath tissue, diapers and baby wipes to be dropped off in the rotunda of Marietta High, the front office of Marietta Middle School and the main hallway of the Marietta Sixth Grade Academy next week during school hours, from 7:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Donations are requested to be dropped off before Friday, Sept. 8.
Those with questions about the cause can email MarcosRios0125@gmail.com.
Cobb Young Republicans
The Cobb Young Republicans, in association with the Georgia Young Republicans, will be collecting items to send to the Houston area during today’s Cobb GOP Member Appreciation Breakfast at Cobb GOP Headquarters, 799 Roswell St. NE in Marietta.
Those wishing to help are asked to bring diapers, children’s clothing and hygiene kits.
Doors open for the event at 8 a.m. with the program beginning at 8:30. There is no cost to attend, but attendees are asked to RSVP. More details on the event and a link to RSVP for it can be found at cobbgop.org.
Those who cannot attend the breakfast or are unable to drop off items are asked to make a donation to several nonprofits suggested by the Texas GOP. The organization’s list of suggested causes can be found on the Cobb County Republican Party’s Facebook page.
Realtors and staff members at Keller Williams Realty Signature Partners in west Cobb have organized a drive to collect supplies for hurricane victims, and will continue to accept donations through the weekend at their office, 2651 Dallas Highway, Marietta.
Items being sought are diapers, baby formula, medical supplies, blankets, air mattresses and batteries.
Several agents from the local office as well as those from the Cartersville and Rome offices are expected to deliver the supplies and stay in Houston and other areas affected by the hurricane to help their Keller Williams peers and communities clean up and rebuild.
The officers of the Cobb County Police Department joined with the Atlanta Police Department and the Arizona-based Under the Shield organization to donate boots, clothes and equipment to public safety officials in Houston.
“Due to the heavy flooding, officers performing life-saving efforts are themselves victims and are in need,” Cobb Police said on the department’s Facebook page. “The Cobb County Police Department stands with our brothers and sisters in Texas who are continuing to serve in that devastated community.”
The donated supplies collected by Cobb officers were taken to Atlanta Police headquarters to be shipped to Texas.
The pets of those affected by Hurricane Harvey will be getting aid from Marietta’s Coldwell Banker branch.
Laura Taylor, a Realtor with the agency, pulled up to the Marietta Daily Journal on Friday in search of old newspapers that could be donated to Texas animal shelters. The papers, she said, will be donated to shelters housing animals that were left behind as families fled their homes. It was one of many items being requested by the Atlanta Humane Society, which Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s corporate offices and 10 branches in metro Atlanta are supporting.
“When I saw the list and it said ‘old newspapers,’ I’m like, ‘Where are you going to get newspapers but your local newspaper?’” Taylor said. “I got a lot of old papers that would’ve gotten recycled, but now have a new use for them.”
Taylor left the MDJ offices loaded down with a van full of newspapers.
The humane society is also accepting donations of other items, from dog biscuits and other dog treats, dog and cat bowls, doggy bags, hand sanitizer and other cleaning supplies.