4-H Water Bottle Collection Gets a Huge Response

Members of Midland's 4-H group aim to give back to wildfire first responders

MIDLAND, Texas (Local 2/Fox 24) - In Midland a project aiming to help those affected by the wildfires in the Panhandle is getting a lot of attention all because of a Facebook post.

Members of the County's 4-H group are collecting hundreds of water bottles to send to first responders aiding fire victims in Amarillo.

4-H Volunteer Brent Hoover said a message posted to the groups Facebook page Tuesday night has people showing up to donate cases of bottled water.

The response from the community is something he's very proud of.

"At 8 o'clock this morning  I had a guy call me and tell me we got six pallets of water coming your way."

The original Facebook post read, "Midland County 4-H is collecting bottled water to haul to the firefighters battling the wildfires in the Panhandle. Bottles of water need to dropped off at the Extension Office, 2445 East Highway 80, no later than noon on Friday.

Other requested items for the first responders are as follows:Pre-packaged snacks, Chap stick, Visine, Gift Cards.

If you'd like to make a monetary donation, those will be gladly accepted as well and then necessary items can be purchased. No amount is too small.

A HUGE shout out to Tracy Anderson for offering to haul our water to the Panhandle."

Hoover said when members learned about the hundreds of thousands of acres destroyed and lives lost they wanted to take action

"It really hits home for a lot of these kids that raise livestock and see these ranchers dealing with everything and to tie the first responders into that and the tremendous effort that they give."

The office will be accepting water bottle donation until Friday at noon. Hoover is preparing for the hundreds of cases he expects to be donated.

"We could be looking at 20 tons of water to haul up there at this point and that's super exciting."

If you would like to get involved in the project you can visit their Facebook page for more information.

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