Krista McNallySep 4, 2017, 10:02 pmSep 4, 2017, 10:02 pm

Long Beach residents pack supplies, raise thousands for Hurricane Harvey victims

Community comes together to help Texans get back on their feet

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Deacon Dennis Hayes at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church is thrilled to be getting a truck load of donations from people in Long Beach.

"To know that people care from way far away and they are willing to send stuff to us is so much appreciated, we are so thankful for that," Deacon Hayes said.

His church is currently being used as a shelter for those who have lost everything in the hurricane.

"All this stuff is going to go directly to the survivors to help them get their lives back together," he said.

The truck is being sent from Long Beach residents who came together to pay it forward to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

It all started with a Facebook post by donation organizer Tim Kramer whose home had over two feet of water in it during Superstorm Sandy.

He posted that he would fill a truck and send it down to Texas. After that initial post, the donations began to pour in.

"We were getting help from places that we never dreamed of," Kramer said.

This past Saturday, the Long Beach community packed five massive truckloads of goods for the victims.

They then requested donations for $25 gift for Texas, and so far have collected $38,000 which will be distributed to the victims on Sept. 21.

"It’s going from our hands into the truck, into the hands of people that need it," said donation organizer Christina Tisi-Kramer.

The trucks will arrive in Texas with messages of hope and love from Long Island to the victims of Harvey.

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