Mayor's Office Press Release
City of Houston Holds Successful Relief Drive to Help Hurricane Ida Survivors
September 9, 2021 -- The City of Houston is sending five trucks loaded with food, water, and additional relief supplies to help people in Louisiana rebuild from the destruction caused by Hurricane Ida.
Individuals, businesses, faith leaders, and organizations generously donated relief supplies during Thursday's Houston Paying it Forward with Love donation drive organized by the Office of Mayor Sylvester Turner.
Through a partnership with Kroger and A-Rocket Moving and Storage, drivers will begin transporting items to two warehouses in New Orleans for distribution to residents who need assistance. The deliveries will start on Friday, Sept. 10, and continue on Monday and Tuesday next week.
"I thank everyone for the outpouring of generosity. It helped to make the food and supply drive a success," Mayor Sylvester Turner said. "The City of Houston knows firsthand that recovery from a major disaster can take years. We are doing our part to help our neighbors face the challenges of clearing debris, repairing homes, and having food, clean water, and other supplies to sustain them through the recovery."
"The response was bigger than we expected, and we are very grateful to the faith leaders, City employees, and others who donated to help the people of Louisiana," said Mayor's Office of Community Relations Director Janice Weaver.
In addition, our partners with AIEn USA will deliver five 18 Wheelers from New Mexico that are loaded with cleaning wipes.
The City would like to thank the following businesses, faith leaders, and individuals for supporting the event.
- A-Rocket Moving & Storage – Trucks and transportation
- Kroger – trucks full of non-perishable food and cleaning supplies
- Starlight Missionary Baptist Church - nonperishable food (12 boxes)
- HCA Houston Healthcare – 3-4 pallets of hand sanitizer (1 gal units)
- AlEn U.S.A. - 5 trucks of cleaning supplies
- Community of Faith Church – 2 truckloads of water
- The Word Church, Pastor Jamail Johnson - $500
- Council Members Abbie Kamin, David Robinson and Sallie Alcorn
- State Rep. Ann Johnson
- Fort Bend Church – nonperishable food
- City of Houston Faith Leaders – 2500 cases of water
- God’s Grace Community Church – non-perishable food and water
- Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church – water
- Mayor's Office of Special Events, Houston Public Works, Houston Parks and Recreation Department, Department of Neighborhoods, City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department, Houston Fire Department and the Houston Police Department