Cabot citizens stepping up to collect donations for Texas

Cabot couple collects donations for Houston

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) -- Local groups and organizations aren't the only people in Arkansas stepping up to assist with relief in Texas. A Cabot couple is collecting donations this week.

While driving down Main St. you could not miss this energetic group with neon pink and green signs, yelling "Taking It To Texas”. Countless people stopped to visit, donate items, and cash. All helping thousands in need.

“The community has really shown up in a huge way,” said Bernard Washington.

Citizens in Cabot are proving you don't need a big name or large group to make a difference.

“If your house was under water, what are you going to do? You don't have anything dry anymore,” Amy Washington said.

Bernard and Amy have been holding signs in parking lots that read ‘Harvey Relief Donations’ since Monday.

"Sunday night I couldn't sleep. Monday I called my wife and I told her I want to help,” said Bernard.

He moved to Houston after graduating from high school in 2006 and lived there for a little over six years.

"I'm a native Arkansan, but the state of Texas has done a lot for me that I don't think could ever be replaced. It holds a special place in my heart,” Bernard said.

The group is collecting donations the old fashion way.

“So far, we've collected eight pallets of water. We've collected over $1,000 that we will be matching dollar for dollar at Camping World in North Little Rock,” said Amy.

The community donated diapers, baby food, tooth brushes and more.  Amy said the support they've received has been overwhelming.

“We’ve also got dog food,” she said.

They still need items like wipes, hand sanitizer, batteries and flashlights. These things are not easily accessible during catastrophic times.

“As much nasty that's going on in the country right now, this is chance for us as Americans to come together. This has restored my faith in humanity, there are a lot of good people out there,” said Bernard.

The couple and others who’ve joined their efforts leave for Houston tomorrow.

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