Aurora Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort
In collaboration with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner's Office, the City of Aurora is collecting high-demand items - water (bottles or gallons), baby products (wipes and diapers), feminine hygiene products (unopened packages) and new socks (all sizes).
Items are accepted Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Aurora's Central Garage, 720 N. Broadway.
|To best assist Aurora residents who want to help with disaster relief and ensure donations meet the needs of hurricane and flooding victims in Texas, the City of Aurora is launching an Aurora Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort to collect items that will directly benefit the affected residents of the greater Houston area.|
"We are devastated by the flooding in Texas and the lives that are forever changed," said Mayor Richard C. Irvin. "I am glad that Aurora can come together to help relieve some of the burden that will be felt well into the future. Mayor Sylvester Turner, his team in Houston and officials in the surrounding areas are doing the best they can. Aurora will stand with them during this time."
In consultation with the Houston Mayor's Office, the City of Aurora will assist in collecting high-demand items that can be used beyond the initial clean-up and recovery phase:
SPECIAL COLLECTION LOCATION FOR FIRST FRIDAYS
A special downtown collection location will be open during the First Fridays event and Roots Aurora Festival on Friday, September 1 from 5 to 9 p.m. Residents can drop off items at 13 S. Broadway, at the front of the facility on Broadway or rear of the facility on the Water Street Mall.
The City of Aurora WILL NOT accept direct monetary donations. With recommendation from the Houston Mayor's Office, all monetary donations can be made through the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund that will accept tax-deductible flood relief. Organized by Houston's mayor and administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation, secure donations can be made online at https://ghcf.org/hurricane-relief/.
"I have personally spoken with native Aurorans who live in Houston, "said Alderman Scheketa Hart-Burns who helped to spearhead the relief effort. "They are living in hotels and holding on to hope for the future. Knowing their hometown community is supporting them means a lot. We need to come together to do as much as we can now and throughout the month."
COMMUNITY EVENTS THROUGHOUT SEPTEMBER
The City of Aurora will partner with schools, churches and community organizations that collect the four categories of items during events throughout September by offering pick-up and storage service prior to shipping items to Houston. To arrange for a pick-up of aforementioned items, please call 630-256-3010 or email [email protected] with details.
"This is a big change for the city but the community has come together quite nicely through it all," said Aurora native Jeremy Henderson who evacuated his home in Houston. "We'll all come out of this better people."
AURORA CHRISTIANS SCHOOLS & AURORA CHURCHES
Aurora Christian Schools collaborated with more than 60 churches represented in the Fox Valley Christian Ministerial Alliance and the Aurora Christian Ministry Network to collect high-demand items during a week-long campaign that concluded with a drop-off night at Aurora Christian High School on Wednesday, September 13. Student-athletes of the Aurora Christian High 7th & 8th grade football teams organized the donations during the drop-off night.
AURORA ANIMAL CARE & CONTROL
The Aurora Animal Care and Control (AACC) is hosting a Hurricane Relief Adoption Special through the end of the month. By donating any of the high-demand items on the City of Aurora's list, participants can adopt cats and dogs older than 6 months for just $25 and kittens and puppies younger than 6 months for just $45. Adoption hours at AACC are noon to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the facility located at 600 S. River Street, Aurora.
Through a company-wide initiative, employees at Cabot Microelectronics are collecting high-demand items this month. Headquartered in Aurora, Cabot Microelectronics is the world's leading supplier of chemical mechanical planarization polishing slurries used in semiconductor manufacturing, and second largest CMP pads supplier to the semiconductor industry.
PHI IOTA ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC.
The Alpha Omega Chapter of Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity at Aurora University is collecting high-demand items throughout the month at on-campus events at the university. Members of the fraternity will also partner with the City of Aurora to pack and load supplies in October.
SUPPLY BUCKET AND INDIAN PRAIRIE SCHOOL DISTRICT 204
Local community organization, Supply Bucket, has partnered with 15 schools in Indian Prairie School District 204 to collect school supplies. Founded to repurpose school supplies at the end of each semester, Supply Bucket has collection bins at schools throughout the district until the end of September. Students from Indian Prairie School District 204 will sort and organize supplies prior to shipping to the Houston area.
KIDS IN THE GAP AND THE AURORA FIRE DEPARTMENT
Led by two middle school students at Bednarcik Junior High School, Kids in the Gap was founded to stand in the gap for kids until they can stand for themselves. With the goal of assisting Houston-area students who are in need of supplies, Kids in the Gap is partnering with the Aurora Fire Department to collect supplies through the end of month. Collection bins are available at each Aurora Fire station.