Local support pours in for Texas flood victims

BOSTON (WHDH) - Massachusetts Task Force One has arrived in the Lone Star state after a more than 36-hour driver. It brought boats and other supplies to help in the rescue efforts.

That’s not the only way Massachusetts is showing its support following the disaster in Texas.

Two Boston based Salvation Army officers are on their way to Texas to assist in any way they can.

Major Bessie Babbitt and Major Mayra Vasquez have seen their fair share of disasters during their time with the Salvation Army, but that doesn’t make this any easier.

They will join the Salvation Army’s effort already on the ground in Texas. They know even the smallest gesture can make the biggest impact. The Salvation Army said the best way to help is to make a financial donation on their website.

Over at Boston’s City Hall, it didn’t take long for bins to fill, with person after person stopping by to donate for the “Help for Houston” drive. From 1,500 miles away, Bostonians are showing their support for Texans in need.

City officials have had to sort as they go just to keep up, as the heartbreaking images from Texas have driven many to give.

“We appreciate the courage of the people themselves and everyone who’s just trying to help. Just God be with them,” said local area resident Greg England.

Stephen Cushing needed a truck to drop off his donation. Cushing and the Seafarers Mission collect shirts from around the area for Christmas, but this year they had enough extra to donate more than 7,000 shirts to Houston.

“A dry t-shirt goes a long way to making you feel a little bit better and a little bit more comfortable,” he said.

On Tuesday, the city of Salem joined with Boston. City Hall, fire stations, and the police department are now accepting donations.

For more on how you can help, check out our story here.

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