GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – A local resident here in Grand Junction is lending a helping hand to Hurricane Harvey victims in need.
However, he says he can’t do it without help from the community.
Mesa County resident Shad Knowlton plans on driving himself down to Texas in order to help victims who were affected by the disaster.
The devastation from Hurricane Harvey has left many families without vital resources.
Knowlton found out first hand when he spoke to one of his friends living in the area over the weekend.
“On Saturday morning at 7:00 he sent me a text that the water was already half way up most of his neighbors car doors. His whole neighborhood looked like a river instead of a neighborhood. I haven’t been able to get a hold of him since,” said Knowlton.
After their conversation, Knowlton decided he needed to help.
“We have 11 businesses so far that are willing to help. Each business has been willing to donate a whole pallet of water, which is 1,920 bottles per pallet. That’ll go a very long ways to help out a lot of people,” said Knowlton.
A few of the businesses helping out include the following,
“Barney Brothers Off-Road, The Joe Reed Team, GJ Harley Davidson, as well as many others,” said Knowlton.
“Shad came in and visited us yesterday saying he was making a trip down there. He’s a good customer of ours and asked us if we wanted to help out,” said Meghan Yaskoweak with Grand Junction Harley Davidson.
Knowlton says one of his main reasons for doing this,
“America is kind of in a tough spot right now. There’s been a lot of bad stuff going on. I just want everyone to know that there are still people who care about other people in the United States. Anything I can do to help out, I feel like it’s my duty to do so,” said Knowlton.
He wants people to know that every little bit helps.
“Whatever you’re able to donate. Non-perishable foods, baby diapers, baby wipes. Any type of hygiene products would help as well,” said Knowlton.
Before his journey, he hopes to pass along this final message.
“I hope he’s doing alright. I know they’ve been hit pretty hard down there. I just want to make sure that he’s doing good and that everyone else is doing good down there as well,” said Knowlton.