Local police departments sending Harvey relief


JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. - The Erwin Police Department is teaming up with the Jonesborough Public Safety Department to collect supplies and donations for Hurricane Harvey victims.

After a week of collections, they received enough supplies to fill an entire semi-truck to send to Mathis, Texas.

They chose the small town of Mathis because it is a similar size to both Jonesborough and Erwin.

"It's one of those things too that I know that if we were in a similar situation, that they would be there to help us, so it's great to able to help out when we can." Said Major Matt Rice of the Jonesborough Public Safety Department.

The donations are for more than just the town.

"Chief Tilson found out there were a couple of officers affected with total loss in their homes. And I think they have about 10 kids between the two officers. So, what we've been doing is taking not only collections up for the community there in Mathis, but also for the officers themselves so we can try to help them rebuild their lives there while they're helping others." Explained Major Rice.

While items were being collected, Florida evacuees in our area also pitched in.

"A husband and wife behind me asked what I was doing, and I told them, and so he opened up his wallet and gave me $10. And as he was giving me his money, he was telling me that they had evacuated from Tampa, in Florida, and that they don't even know if they have anything left... That meant a lot to me for him to give me $10 of his money because I felt like I should be giving him money." Said Major Rice's wife, Lisa Rice.

The truck is set to arrive in Mathis on Wednesday.

As police learn more about damage left behind by Irma, they'll try to create a similar drive for those affected in Florida.

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