Boston collects overwhelming amount of donations for Harvey victims

BOSTON (WHDH) - Boston launched a “Help for Houston” drive on Tuesday at several spots around the city and Bay Staters came through in a big way, donating an overwhelming amount of supplies for victims of the catastrophic flooding in Texas.

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Thousands of people dropped of things like clothing, blankets, toiletries, diapers, baby formula, and non-perishable foods. Hundreds were seen Thursday lugging bags upon bags of items across Boston’s City Hall plaza to donate before trucks depart for Houston on Friday.

Several tractor-trailer trucks have been donated from various sources, including Teamsters Local 25, to help transport the items to those who are in desperate need.

“It’s just incredible. It really is incredible to watch the people of Boston and surrounding towns send stuff,” Mayor Marty Walsh said.

As the donations head south, Boston may be sending man power down to help with the recovery effort as well. Walsh says he is waiting on word from Texas.

The drive ends Friday at 12 p.m. and officials say they are in need of boxes packaging tape and volunteers to help load the trucks.

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