Weeping Water Boy Scouts help woman collect donations for Harvey

WEEPING WATER, Neb. — Jamie Cappen, her friend, and her 15-year-old daughter are going to be taking their SUV all the way to Houston on Wednesday. They’re packing it full of donations they’ve collected through out the community.

Cappen said it all started with her mom’s home in Houston.

“Early Sunday morning the water started coming into my mom’s house about 3 o’clock,” said Cappen.

Her mom and step dad evacuated their home and walked miles in waist deep water before being rescued. Most of their first level is a complete loss.

“Their refrigerator floated up and fell over. And the cars are ruined. You know it’s just, it’s terrible.” said Cappen.

Cappen mentioned to her friends she was heading to Texas to help her mom and others, and about the supplies she was bringing.

“It turned into people donating and more donations and more donations and more donations and the support from the community has been amazing. And the boy scout troop has helped out tremendously,” said Cappen.

The boy scouts from troop 220 went door to door in Weeping Water looking for donations.

“Having your community helping people in other communities, it’s just awesome,” said 10-year-old Calen Wipf.

They’ve collected water, blankets, toiletries and even money for flood victims.

“Some people didn’t have cash so they just wrote a check and then some people gave us some canned goods, and then I went to my house and got stuff,” said another boy scout, Isaiah Traunernicht.

All three of the scouts said they donated old clothes of their own for kids in Houston. Their collecting isn’t over.

“You know we’ve got a little bit of everything. And we’ve got way more coming that’s not even here that we’re picking up between now and Wednesday,” said Cappen.

What ever they can’t fit in their car, Cappen said they will donate to Red Cross so that it still goes to Harvey victims.

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