Cave Creek man who used to live in Texas helping collect items for Hurricane Harvey victims

Posted at 10:50 PM, Aug 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-30 11:27:58-04

Hurricane Harvey's devastation in Houston has people from the Valley sending help to Texas.

On Tuesday afternoon, volunteers along Cave Creek Road in downtown Cave Creek held signs. The signs offered an unlikely road to recovery for the victims of Harvey 1,200 miles away in Houston.

"Ive lived there 50 years, just moved up here two months ago," said Stephen Martin, organizer of the donation center in a parking lot beside the Tumbleweed Hotel in Cave Creek.

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Martin is no stranger to devastating storms.

"This is about my third hurricane to do this, I've been involved in Katrina, Rita, Allison, Ike," he said. 

Moving to the desert did nothing to dampen his compassion for the people soaking wet, flooded and desperate in his hometown on the Texas coast.

"We're getting everything they need in the shelters - baby diapers, baby formula, baby bottles, dry socks, dry shoes, clothing, towels," he said. "We're getting everything we need we just need more of it."

And more kept showing up.

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"One of the most important things to me is to teach my kids to help others," said Billie-Lynn, a Cave Creek resident.

She brought baby supplies and clothes for kids.

"I had just gone through all the kids clothes and was getting ready to donate them," she said. 

The help means a lot, even if it's just a little compared to the enormous need for the thousands of people hunkered down in emergency shelters around Houston.

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"We'll take all the stuff that's here, drop it off at the shelters and it'll all be gone in 30 seconds," said Martin.

If you would like to help, Martin will be collecting donations in the parking lot beside the Tumbleweed Hotel until around 5 p.m. on Wednesday. He will also have a donation location at a warehouse on Deer Valley Road across the street from the Deer Valley Airport.