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Local efforts continue to help victims of hurricanes in other parts of U.S.
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The Rev. Jamey Prickett, associate pastor of Gainesville First United Methodist Church, gives instructions to volunteers who came out Thursday, Sept. 14, to help pack a truck full of buckets of cleaning supplies to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. - photo by Norm Cannada
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Hall County Schools Fund for Harvey and Irma Relief

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While Hall County and Northeast Georgia were dealing with the remnants of Tropical Storm Irma last week, other volunteers were busy working to get donated supplies to victims of hurricanes Irma and Harvey in other areas of the country.

A Syfan Transport truck was filled early last week with 10 pallets of bottled water, 10 pallets of bleach, 260 buckets of cleaning supplies, a pallet of diapers and a pallet of paper towels, according to the Rev. Bart McMillan, president of Life’s Lessons Ministries in Gainesville and pastor of Foothills Community Church in Marble Hill.

McMillan said the truck, which has supplies collected by the two ministries and J & J Foods in Gainesville, was taking the supplies to Bayou City Fellowship, a church in the Houston area that is doing hurricane relief work.

Greg Syfan, president of Syfan Transport, said the truck McMillan packed was scheduled to arrive in Texas on Monday. A second truck packed with buckets of cleaning supplies for victims of Harvey was expected to leave Gainesville Monday. Gainesville First United Methodist Church has been a drop-off location for those buckets, according to the Rev. Jamey Prickett, associate pastor of the church.

Prickett said the church also collected cases of water that were donated for victims of Hurricane Irma. Syfan said that truck was almost full Friday and would soon be going to Florida.

Lynne Barber, executive assistant at Gold Creek Foods, was at Gainesville First United Methodist Thursday when buckets her business donated were loaded onto the second truck for victims of Hurricane Harvey. She said Gold Creek employees delivered 75 of the buckets and 30 cases of water to the church last week. The company had also sent another 10 pallets of water for relief efforts in Texas.

Gold Creek had also distributed another 300 buckets to schools in Dawsonville, but were unable to collect them because the schools were closed due to Tropical Storm Irma. Barber said efforts would be made to collect those buckets Monday.

Syfan said his company is providing the trucks, trailers and drivers for the three trips. He added he was pleased by the response of the community to the request for donations.

“Our community is so strong,” Syfan said. “Everybody just jumps on whatever the need is.”

Hall schools set up account for donations for hurricane relief

Hall County school officials have set up an account for those who want to make monetary donations to support needs of storm victims.

Superintendent Will Schofield sent out an email letter last week stating donations are being accepted at Those in the Hall County Schools community with an account can make donations through that account. Other residents may register as a guest and make a one-time contribution. Schofield added in his letter that donations could also be made in the front office at any of the Hall County Schools.

“We would anticipate the majority of the funds being utilized in Georgia or even Hall County as we learn of storm-related emergency needs,” Schofield wrote in an email to The Times Monday before Tropical Storm Irma inflicted damage on Hall County..

He added that some funds may be used to provide shoes for students in the Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District east of Houston, where he said the need was shared to help students who lost their shoes in the flooding as a result of Harvey.

Ironically, the Goose Creek district had its first day of school Sept. 11, the first day Hall County Schools were closed because of Irma.

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