Residents Provide Rescue, Relief to Hurricane Victims


Watching the images on television of a newborn baby being floated to safety in a plastic tub, and nursing home residents sitting in waist deep water, is what Truth or Consequences resident Destiny Mitchell said moved her to act.
Across town, Chaz Glines, another Red Cross certified lifeguard, decided he couldn’t sit still and enjoy his warm, dry home while tens of thousands of people faced death and devastation in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 hurricane that hit the Texas coast Aug. 25 with record high winds and a destructive storm surge.
Three other residents, Jesse Robinson, Fishy Flores and Keelie Kink Hardin mobilized an effort to receive donated items like diapers, food, bottled water, and first aid supplies for the victims of the affected area.

Community Offers Some Relief


Initiated by a local social media post and spurred on by a sincere desire to help those in need, a group of Sierra County residents and business owners teamed up to collect donations Wednesday morning, August 30. The online and word-of-mouth effort was soon welcoming a steady stream of area citizens, who were all eager to lend a helping hand to their Texas neighbors.
Recognizing that so many people in the affected area have lost all their possessions, volunteers focused first on collecting food and daily necessities, However, the group also welcomed donations of clothing, books, games and just about anything else that would help disaster victims get through the stressful days and weeks to come.
The team effort was spearheaded by Destiny Mitchell, Freddy and Lisa Bierner, Jesse Robinson, Keelie Hardin and Michele Crofford, but also included invaluable efforts from a host of other community residents.

A Time For Giving A Helping Hand

The recipients of the dinners were elderly or disabled which were selected by the housing authority. Most were homebound or without vehicles and not able to physically come out to the civic center to pick up their meal. Each meal consisted of a turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, gravy, canned vegetables and a soda…