“As Americans, we all have to step up to support one another when there is a need. When you look at those graphic photos and you see elderly people being pulled out of homes, when you see dogs stranded on boats, when you see ordinary citizens getting out there to support: that’s what we do here,” explained Michael Johnson, CEO of BGCDC.
They are not just asking for any type of donations. They have specific things they are looking for based on what Texas authorities say they need the most. Items they are asking people to donate include toiletries, diapers, hygiene products, deodorant, large garbage bags, shampoo, soap and board games and school supplies for kids.
The club is not new to gathering donations during natural disasters like what we see happening in Texas. The group did the same thing during the Joplin, Missouri, tornado in 2011 and the Flint water crisis. Now, they are hoping the community will step up again to help donate.
“I have no doubt in my mind if that happened in Madison, Wisconsin, I firmly believe the country would step up and support us. We are going because that is what we do. We want to support kids and families, it’s in our mission,” Johnson said.
The club is accepting donations at the office at 1818 W. Beltline Highway from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Wednesday.
The BGCDC is also asking for financial donations. All of the proceeds will go towards helping the people of Texas. The group plans to give a check to the local Austin Boys and Girls chapter, which will be working with local clubs and authorities to utilize the funds.