City of Aurora sets out to help Harvey victims with donation drive

The Aurora Key Community Response Team and Aurora Community Faith have arranged several drop-off locations across the city for designated donations, which will be shipped to southeast Texas. Buehler Cos., an Aurora-based trucking company, is transporting the items

AURORA | While nearly 1,000 miles separates Aurora and the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, the distance isn’t stopping two local groups from aiding Texans still recovering from massive flooding along the Gulf Coast.

The Aurora Key Community Response Team and Aurora Community Faith have arranged several drop-off locations across the city for designated donations, which will be shipped to southeast Texas. Buehler Cos., an Aurora-based trucking company, is transporting the items.

During a conference call among the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said the items most in need are toiletries, personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies and diapers.

“Too often when we see images of disasters like the recent hurricanes, we are left with a sense of helplessness, wanting to do something to help, but unsure of how to do it,” said Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan in a statement. “When we heard from Mayor Turner that there were specific needs that we could address, I challenged our city to respond, and I’m grateful to see a tangible, compassionate and impactful way for the people of Aurora to reach out to our neighbors.”

The two groups are asking that the donations are in original packaging, and that only items included in the list are donated. Drop-off locations will not accept money donations.

Donations can be dropped off at several stations across the city from 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sept. 15 and 16 at these locations:

  • Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway
  • Parking lot southwest of Aurora Municipal Center, near Aurora Central Library
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 9898 E. Colfax Ave.
  • Parking lot south of the MLK Library (access from Elmira Street)
  • Tallyn’s Reach Municipal Services Center, 23911 E. Arapahoe Road
  • Parking lot west of Tallyn’s Reach Library (access from Arapahoe Road)

For more information on the donations visit http://www.auroragov.org/HurricaneHelp.