American Legion group in Palm Bay collect donations for Harvey victims

By Caitlin Wilson, Brevard County Reporter
Last Updated: Monday, September 04, 2017

A Brevard County American Legion post is going above and beyond to try to help the victims after Hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston area.

  • American Legion post collecting donations for Harvey victims
  • So far the post has collected $35,000 in donation 
  • Taking 5 trailers to Texas Wednesday morning

“We had just recently purchased a new truck and a new trailer so i said lets load it up and get it down there," Neil Dagata said.

Neil and his wife own a trailer for their business, but after seeing the devastation caused by Harvey, they knew they had to help.

Partnering with the Palm Bay American Legion Post 117, they started collecting donations -- everything from food, to clothes, to baby and pet supplies.

“When we first started we thought it would just end up being a little bit of stuff, but now we’ll be picking up things from local schools and businesses that have decided to jump on board," said Bruce Thurber with American Legion Post 117.

They estimate they have collected around $35,000 in donations over the past week. Now they’ll be loading up five trailers and heading to Texas early Wednesday morning.

“It’s been amazing how much has come in and what this post has been able to do, it’s been wonderful,” Neil said.

The trip will take about a day and a half after they return. They plan to pack up the rest of the donations and make another trip.

They are still collecting donations. You can stop by the American Legion Post 117 off of Veterans Drive to drop off hurricane relief items.