Ron LeeSep 4, 2017, 10:52 am

Truck packed with food, emergency supplies bound for hurricane-impacted Houston

Lions Club says response was so overwhelming that second semi will be loaded


MASSAPEQUA — As volunteers with several Lions Clubs joined forces Monday morning to pack a 53-foot semi with non-perishable food, blankets and other emergency supplies destined for victims of Hurricane Harvey, one of the group's main organizers for Nassau County could not help but be moved to tears.

"Oh my God, it means so much. Five years ago, when Sandy hit, Texas Patriots sent a truck and the Lions stepped in and we opened up the store and, you know, we dispersed, the Lions dispersed to all the communities around, so it’s payback time," said District Governor of Nassau and Bermuda Susan Piccolo.

This massive effort involving dozens of Lions took place Labor Day in Massapequa to help load a variety of items including dog and cat food and small refrigerators that had been collected mostly from efforts in Nassau and Suffolk.

Some Lions say the response has been so overwhelming that a second semi will come later this week to help take any items that they are not able to fit into the truck that will head out Monday.

“They say everything's big in Texas but the hearts on Long Island are even bigger," said the president, of Melville Lions Club Gabrielle Gurrieri.

Meanwhile, one of the members of this community service organization said that she heard from a representative in Texas who said that one of the next great needs is school supplies.

Based on what has already been collected, it's almost certain that the Lions will try their hardest to collect those school supplies.

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