Utah GOP launches donation drive for Texas flood victims

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – If you are looking for a way to help the Texas flood victims, Utah Republicans want you to join their effort.
The Utah GOP is joining forces with the Salt Lake County GOP to raise money and collect donations. Organizers say there are no party lines here. They are asking everyone to give what they can.
The images are devastating. The nation's fourth largest city is under water, with more heavy rain expected.
"People are trapped, and trying to get to a grocery store just isn't an option right now, so the best thing we can do is bring things to them," said Lincoln Club Co-chair Jeremy Roberts.
That's exactly what Roberts intends to do. He's coordinating a donation drive with the state and county Republican parties.
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes is on board. He's been in contact with his counterpart in Texas and others. He says there is one common request for help.
"And they said that while the Red Cross, and Catholic Charities and LDS Church are doing everything they can down there, there's a dire need for additional supplies," said Reyes, (R) Utah.
That's the need they are trying to fill. Through Thursday morning, they are collecting bottled water and toiletries.
A GoFundMe account has also been launched with the goal of raising $10,000.
"We are working with a couple shelters in Texas, and we will take the supplies down and meet with them," said Roberts.
They are also looking for Utahns willing to volunteer a little muscle, to join them on the trip to Texas, and help with clean up or any other needs.
It's a call to action from about 1,400 miles away.
"I think it's just a reflection of the spirit of Utah, that when friends, and even strangers are in need that we step up and respond," said Reyes.
An anonymous donor has pledged to match the cash donations from the GoFundMe account.
Water and other items can be dropped off at the Utah GOP headquarters in Salt Lake City. 

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