Saginaw mayor aids in Hurricane Harvey relief effort - WNEM TV 5

Saginaw mayor aids in Hurricane Harvey relief effort

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Saginaw Mayor Dennis Browning is heading to Houston, Texas this week with members of his church to aide in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Browning and members of Peace Lutheran Church, located at 3427 Adams Avenue, hit the road for Texas on Friday, Sept. 15 to deliver 200 flood buckets.

"It's a five gallon pal and in that pal is cleaning supplies," Browning said. "There's bleach, there's Comet and there's laundry detergent and there's window cleaner, rags and scrub brushes and sponges, for cleaning up after an event like that."

Browning said the buckets will be distributed to the community through Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Houston.

He said the other part of the delivery is a disaster response trailer, which includes generators, power washers, pumps and other cleaning equipment.

The mayor said a great need for the communities right now are simple items like mops and buckets.

Browning said it'll be a small group of four heading to Houston, because their main mission is to just deliver the supplies, but also he said, the area isn't ready for a lot of volunteers.

"Because when volunteers go down, where do you stay? Where do you sleep? I mean, who feeds you?" Browning asked. "There's a lot of logistics. You can't just have 500 people come into the community and say 'hey we're here to help' and then you have to have projects and you have to be organized," he said.

Along with the supplies, 200 notes written by Peace Lutheran School students will be delivered to Hurricane Harvey victims.

"There's all kinds of little things that have a special meaning," Browning said.

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