2017-09-07 / Front Page

Local efforts help Texans who have ‘lost so much’


Sid Robb shows the partially loaded trailer as donated items are prepared for transport to Texas. Sid Robb shows the partially loaded trailer as donated items are prepared for transport to Texas. On August 29, a little more than a week ago, Amanda Dyson Robb issued a call for help because a new friend in Texas had reached out to her, having been directly affected by Hurricane Harvey. Through her efforts, truckloads of needed items were donated and she and her husband, Sid, traveled to Humble, Texas, to deliver and distribute them.

Robb said her friend’s community had been hit hard by the hurricane and was not getting any assistance from any agencies or anywhere else. “She reached out to us and it immediately touched my heart,” Robb said. “I felt like God was calling me to help.”

On her Facebook post, Robb published a list of items requested by Texas churches including everything from water to diapers to cleaning supplies to mouthwash. The response was enormous and Colonial Builders Supply offered use of a warehouse to store the donations. It was enough to fill the Robbs’ trailer 2-3 times. They headed out over the weekend with the first load. Mike Thornton Trucking has donated a truck and driver to deliver the rest sometime this week.


Amanda Robb (center) answered the call from Aleasha Brown for help in her Texas community, hit hard by Hurricane Harvey. Amanda Robb (center) answered the call from Aleasha Brown for help in her Texas community, hit hard by Hurricane Harvey. “These people have lost so much and need our help,” Amanda said. “The most heartbreaking thing I have read is that babies need formula and there is no way for them to get milk or baby food. [There are] no supplies in any stores anywhere around! I hope to make this a huge success and show Houston that small town Washington, Georgia, and my fellow boutique owners can pull together and make big things happen.”

Local churches, businesses, and individuals and the Robbs set out on the 2,000-mile round trip. They even had extra fuel tanks to make sure they didn’t run out. “This is going to be an experience to remember for our family for so many reasons,” Amanda said.


Elizabeth Bohler, W-WPS PTG president (center), is pictured with Gold Sponsors (l-r) Tina Lewis representing TNT Quality Services, Katherine Burdette representing Burdette Mill and Gin, Mary Lois Akins-Newsome representing Southeast Land Surveying, Lynn Connell representing Piedmont Propane, and Mary Elizabeth Burdette representing Burdette Mill and Gin. Elizabeth Bohler, W-WPS PTG president (center), is pictured with Gold Sponsors (l-r) Tina Lewis representing TNT Quality Services, Katherine Burdette representing Burdette Mill and Gin, Mary Lois Akins-Newsome representing Southeast Land Surveying, Lynn Connell representing Piedmont Propane, and Mary Elizabeth Burdette representing Burdette Mill and Gin. Now, the Robbs are in the thick of delivering and distributing the supplies, and that report will come later. As they were heading out on their journey, Amanda posted the following words of thanks.

“Words cannot express how thankful Sid and I are for all of the donations given for the flood victims in Texas. You guys completely showed out! So much so, that we had 2-3 times more than our trailer could hold. This was a great problem to have. MTT has donated a truck and driver to take the rest next week. We will continue to take donations through next Friday [September 8] at Colonial Builders Supply. My heart is so happy! This mission is helping so many people, our family included. Thank you just doesn’t seem like enough.


Lots of people helping people volunteered at both ends of the trip organized to assist displaced Texans. Lots of people helping people volunteered at both ends of the trip organized to assist displaced Texans. “I would also like to give a huge shout out to Ed and Patty Durham for allowing us to invade their warehouse to make this mission possible and for helping people constantly unload items Thursday and Friday! I’m pretty certain that Ted Smith worked more for us than Colonial the past two days.

Thank you to everyone who came and helped us sort and load the trailer. If it weren’t for you guys we would still be there this morning! We appreciate your help more than you know!” Those listed included Brittini L. Gilland, Ted Smith, Ashley Nation, Ryan Tripp, Barrett Tripp, Amy Griggs, Carissa Wade Smith, and Tiffani Andrews.


In Texas, an energetic crew assembled to help unpack and distribute goods donated by people in Wilkes County, Georgia. In Texas, an energetic crew assembled to help unpack and distribute goods donated by people in Wilkes County, Georgia. “And lastly, Thank You Andrews QuickLube for getting our truck Texas ready.”

The Robbs delivered the collected goods to Amanda’s friend Aleasha Brown in Houston who posted:

“God puts people in your life for a reason. When I screamed for help for my community, people said ‘what can we do,’ but not many people actually DID. [Amanda] and her community went above and beyond for my community. A community that I haven’t even been part of very long. This right here is a REAL community.

“Not one church but many. Not one area but many. Not one person but many. God will bless this girl and her community.”

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