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Loudouners rally to help victims of Hurricane Harvey

My Guys Moving is one of the companies involved in distributing aid in Texas from Loudoun. Courtesy photo
Cash and material donations are flooding in from across Loudoun County to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.

A raft of individuals and companies are getting on board to support those affected by the devastation in Texas and the subsequent lengthy clean up operation.

Dulles Golf Center and Sports Park will be donating a percentage of its gross sales during September to American Red Cross for Disaster relief.

Owner Bob Reiver said the month-long effort should raise a significant amount.

"Just like most businesses, I wanted to help the hurricane victims and felt that Dulles Golf Center & Sports Park by donating 20% of our gross sales during the entire month of September from our miniature golf course, golf range, batting cages and gemstone panning to the American Red Cross,” he said.

Data enrichment firm HEPdata, based in Leesburg, is working to capture matching gift revenue. Steve Hafner, founder and CEO, said because of Harvey the company is working overtime to make sure its nonprofit customers are capturing matching gift revenue from donors who donate to hurricane relief.

HEPdata offers a product called eMatch where by donors can determine if their employer offers a matching gift program and instructions on how to have gifts matched.

Meanwhile, Doukenie Winery in western Loudoun held a Hurricane Harvey relief fundraiser over the holiday weekend and are donating $5,000 to the American Red Cross. The money includes matching funds from the Bazacos and the Doukenie Winery family.

A truck offered up by My Guys Moving is being mobilized by Pearson Smith Realty with the aim of delivering much needed supplies to Houston by Sept. 18.

Relator Gina Tufano from Ask Gina and Company is involved in the Pearson Smith Realty aid effort. Her husband works for My Guys Moving.

Tufano told the Times-Mirror she was moved to take part after helping in the clean operation following the West Virginia floods last year.

“The donations have grown beyond anything I could imagine,” Tufano said. “There's talk of maybe a second truck. My involvement in the West Virginia relief effort meant I could make a list of what people in Houston might need now and what they might need in a month.”

Local residents are being asked to donate basic necessities, like diapers, toothpaste and easy open canned goods, as opposed to clothing and household items. Cleanup materials like bleach and mops are also requested. Around 14 drop-off sites have been set up to accept donations.

“The reality of such devastation has sparked a tremendous amount of empathy in us all that everyone just wants to do what they can and lend a helping hand," said Eric Pearson, president of Pearson Smith Realty.

The final loading effort will take place on Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. at My Guys Moving, 45726 Elmwood Court in Sterling.

Spanky's Shenanigans pub in Leesburg has collected donations and supplies to help pets displaced by Harvey.

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