Karma in Cullman collecting donations for Houston

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CULLMAN –  Local nonprofit Karma in Cullman is gathering donations for Houston and surrounding areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Founder Rachel Bryant shared, "On April 27, 2011, we were in the same nightmare as our fellow human beings in Houston. We were scared, hurt, homeless, terrified, hungry and unsure of our future; we were unsure about our tomorrow. That same nightmare is happening right now. During our time of need many states stepped up and reached out and we are now at a time to pay it forward."

Karma is working with area businesses and churches to gather donations and items needed in Texas.

Items needed include:

  • Pet food and supplies, including bowls, litter, collars, etc.
  • Batteries and flashlights
  • Medicine and other first-aid supplies
  • Bottled water
  • Non-perishable food items, but easy to eat foods such as granola bars, trail mix, crackers, jerky, etc.
  • Cleaning supplies, including bleach, mold remover, Clorox wipes, buckets, mops, etc.
  • Paper products including toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates and cutlery
  • Hygiene products including soap, shampoo, toothpaste and brushes and deodorant, feminine products, etc.
  • Diapers, for both children and the elderly, as well as wipes
  • Baby formula and baby food
  • NEW underwear and socks
  • Blankets and pillows

Items needed as the water recedes include:

  • 2 gallon garden sprayers (for disinfecting homes/businesses)
  • 25 foot extension cords (for numerous uses)
  • box fans (for drying out)
  • long-handled, flat-nose shovels (to pull up carpet pads, wet sheetrock)
  • leather-palmed, cloth back gloves (strong on front but breathable in the heat)
  • 33 gallon white trash bags/black Sharpies (putting dry items in and labeling them)

"We will be accepting items at our office at 785 Alabama Hwy. 157 near the intersection of Hwy. 69 and 157, Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. If you are in need of a tax receipt we can get you one at the office," said Bryant.

"A Lot Of Cars and Good Hope Service Center in Good Hope will be accepting donations at their location on Highway 69. If you drop off items there you will get $10 off an oil change, If you bring in a case of water with it you will get $25.00 off an oil change. Deez Vapez on Hwy. 278 near West Elementary will accept donations as well."

Continued Bryant, "We will be at the Sweet Tater Festival this Sunday and Monday, and Smith Lake Park as agreed to let us accept donations at our booth there if you want to drop off your items with us there, but please keep in mind large donations should come to the office.

"Also, Backyard Mechanic will give a $15 off coupon for any vehicle repair when you drop off your donations with us.

"If you, your business, or your church would like to join us in this mission to help Houston and the surrounding areas, please call me 256-735-3942."

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