The cars and trucks kept coming.
We marveled as you made the turn into the parking lot at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth with a wave. At the horse trailer filled with supplies. At the kind donor who purchased three new pack-n-plays because many families have been displaced and babies need their naps.
And at the one car with the homemade sign that read “suck it, Harvey.”
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Monday’s Star-Telegram donation drop was a happy parade of hundreds of helpers over an eight-hour period that was meant to end after four.
In all you helped fill a 24-foot Ryder truck with donations — twice. Or 218 bins, filled to the brim.
To the family from Florida (in town for the Florida-Michigan football game at AT&T Stadium) that came with plans to enter the museum, but who helped us load the truck when you found out it was closed — thank you.
To the young boy who delivered his very own lovey blanket — thank you.
To the gentleman in the Arkansas Razorbacks ballcap (yes, he knew TCU is up this week) who had been working in South Texas demolishing homes — thank you.
To those volunteers — readers, employees from the Modern, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art and the Kimbell Art Museum, and from the Star-Telegram — thank you. Old and young, you helped sort items — from baby wipes to Q-Tips — and pack them in the truck. You were sweaty and hot.
And you were working together with great purpose. We are hundreds of miles from affected areas but that does not mean we cannot make an impact for those who need it.
We are fortunate. In so many ways. Today we’re thankful for all of those North Texans who have donated their time, treasure or talent to those that need it in the wake of Harvey. Either this past weekend or prior to.
My gosh, Fort Worth. Your thoughtfulness has overwhelmed us.
This community and others will need you in the weeks and months to come. Keep doing good work, and continue to lift others up.
We are stronger because of you.