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Drivers Joe Warren and Roger Merrill prepare to embark for Texas on Friday, in tractor trailers provided by Penns Best. The tractor trailers contain relief goods raised by the American Legion Post 457, which will be provided to victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Providing relief to people involved in catastrophic situations is truly a group effort.

Right after Hurricane Harvey went roaring through Texas, Cabot Oil & Gas which has a corporate headquarters in Houston took a major concern locally.

Cabot spokesman George Stark said, “Hurricane Harvey is a storm of unprecedented impact to residents in Texas and Louisiana. Cabot’s donation of $100,000 was directed to the American Red Cross to help those affected by the storm as they start to assess damages and rebuild. Our thoughts are with everyone impacted, including our own employees and contractors, throughout the region.”

The Dennis Strong American Legion Post 457 of Tunkhannock also has been in overdrive.

According to post Commander Charlie Stockage, members have been busy the past few weeks, obtaining badly needed items to send to Houston and other Texas communities.

“We been receiving donations from various businesses and other organizations throughout the community,” Stockage said.

Among the donated items included soap, toiletries, shampoo, bottled water, diapers, and pet food.

Donations were dropped off at Perkins Restaurant in Tunkhannock, where they were processed by volunteers.

But all this would have come to nothing without a means of transporting the items. On Friday, two full tractor trailers provided by Penn Best Inc. of Tunkhannock headed for the disaster areas in Texas to deliver their goods.

Tammy Smith, Management Information System Director for Penn Best, said that drivers Roger Merrill and Joe Warren are donating their time and effort to transport the relief items to Texas. Both are owner-operators contract to work for Penn Best.

Merrill, Smith explained, is originally from Taylor, Texas and expressed a strong desire to be one of the drivers. Warren hails from Windsor, N.Y., and also wanted to help out.

Penns Best has been coordinating its efforts with Pastor David Richards of the Christian Life Assembly in Camp Hill for the exact delivery points for the tractor trailers.

A third tractor trailer was initially located at the Wyoming County Community Fair, then later moved to Harveys Lake. David Kozlowich of Harding has volunteered to drive it to Texas. Smith said the vehicle is expected to depart on Tuesday.

Stockage also reported that the Legion has made preliminary efforts to provide relief to victims of Hurricane Irma, which roared through Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands during the weekend, before striking Florida on Monday. The storm caused major flooding in many areas.

Stockage said that he has already received items to send to Irma victims, but plans are still in the preliminary stage for their distribution. People who wish to donate items may do so at Perkins Restaurant, he said.