Junction City Fire Dept. joins Harvey relief effort

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JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) - The Junction City Fire Department is working to assist those effected by tropical storm Harvey.

"Really if you think about what we're here for, we're here to help each other,” Junction City Fire Chief, Terry Johnson, said.

He knows the importance of helping communities in need.

"I lived in coastal North Carolina,” said Johnson. “I've lived on the gulf coast I can tell you a hurricane is a very intense long process."

That's why his fire department is teaming up with the Salvation Army to collect money and goods for victims of flooding in Texas and Kansas.

"In the middle of the night or during the day when these flood waters come in, you don't have time to think about grabbing a tooth brush or soap, your detergent or anything like that you just leave it all behind and when you come back it's all ruined,” Johnson said.

They're collecting non-perishable food, personal hygiene products, cleaning supplies and any new and unused item someone would need if their home is flooded.

"When you go to the store pick up and extra pack of toilet paper, pick up an extra pack of paper towels and extra bottle of soap,” said Johnson. “That means the world to somebody who doesn't have it."

The fire department will accept donations for the next two weeks at Fire Station 2. Chief Johnson hopes the donations will help put lives back together.

"The Junction City community seems to always step up and help,” said Johnson. “They're great people so we have hope that they'll come together and we can show the people of Texas that we’ve got their back."

Monetary donations can be made online at Salvation Army.

Junction City Fire Department will be accepting donations of New Unused Items at Fire Stations 2, 2245 Lacey DR, Junction City Kansas 66441

The following items have been requested:

Non Perishable Food (Canned Preferred)
Disposable plates, cups, forks, spoons, knives
Personal Hygiene Products Baby to Adult, Toiletries, Sanitary Napkins, razors and Shaving Crème, Ball caps, Chap Stick,
Home Cleaning Supplies,
Diapers, Infant Formula,
Blankets, Pillows,
Mops, Brooms, Buckets,
Sun Screen,
Work Gloves and Latex Gloves,
Socks,
Wash Clothes and Towels,
Safety Glasses,
Pet Food, Leashes