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Local groups continue efforts to help those impacted by Harvey in Texas

Local groups continue efforts to help...

ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) - A local company is filling a truck with donations to send down to Harvey victims.

The Highway 35 Signs Company and the La Crosse Media Group are teaming up to fill a 26- foot U-Haul with local donations.

The truck will be at the Highway 35 Signs location on Second Ave South in Onalaska tomorrow and Saturday.
This Sunday the truck will head down to a relief center in a Houston suburb.

They're looking for donations of anything you use on a daily basis.

"When you get up in the morning, what do you do and what do you have? What do you need? We need to take that down to these folks. The other side of the coin, last month we had 7 inches of rain. To us here, it was devastating. Try 50 inches, see what you do with that,” said Highway 35 Signs Co-Owner David Bentzen.

Animal shelters across the Midwest are also trying to help those impacted by Harvey.

Many, including the Coulee Region Humane Society, are working to transfer dogs from southern Texas into their facilities. But they are asking for help caring for those displaced pets.

The organization in charge of transporting the dogs to area shelters is in need of donations, and while the Humane Society appreciates things like blankets and kennels they are asking people to focus on cash and gift card donations for now.

"Gift cards to big corporations like Walmart, PetSmart, Petco, places that you can find all over the country in addition to monetary donations that we are going to send home with that transport organization back to Texas,” said Coulee Region Humane Society’s Samantha Luhmann.

To donate to the Highway 35 Signs truck:

  • Friday 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Saturday 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Head to the Highway 35 Signs business at 336 2nd Ave South, Onalaska.

To donate to the Coulee Region Humane Society:

  • Head to their website
  • Donate in person at 911 Critter Court, Onalaska

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