A grassroots effort is under way in Leavenworth to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Several Leavenworth residents have organized the First City Pay It Forward hurricane relief effort, said organizer Megan Polk.

“It’s amazing how this community came together to help on something like this,” Polk said.

Local organizers are collecting water, canned food, hygiene products, baby products and cleaning supplies that will be taken directly to hurricane victims in south Texas.

“Basically, we are looking for items that can be used immediately,” Polk said.

Donations will be taken through Thursday. Local resident Kevin Sieg will drive to Texas on Friday to deliver donated items. Another load of donations will be taken to Texas on Sunday.

Candle Queen Candles, 500 Shawnee St., is the drop-off point for donations. 

Polk came up with the relief effort idea and asked her friend, Jermaine Wilson, to help spread the word.

Wilson said he posted a notification of the relief effort on his Facebook page. He said there have been about 200 shares of the post.

Polk said that when the flood waters recede in Houston, another Leavenworth relief effort will be organized to provide furniture to hurricane victims.

Meanwhile, the Eisenhower VA Medical Center is putting together rotating teams of medical support personnel who will deploy on six-week emergency relief tours in the Houston area.

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