After spending nearly a month collecting supplies for its #FloodTheTruck initiative, Lexington-Richland School District Five met its goal of filling an 18-wheeler to send to Houston for families affected by Hurricane Harvey.

“Today is exciting not only for me, but our wonderful district,” said Kelly Brown, the district’s student services officer. “As a mom and as an educator, I saw in different ways what this initiative was like in 2015 when the floods affected our area. To be able to give back, knowing that it is going to families who will take this as they rebuild their homes and community is so touching to my heart because you know it is going to those in need.”

The #FloodTheTruck initiative ran from September 11 to October 6, and was started after District Five received help of their own in 2015 when a school district in Wisconsin sent an 18-wheeler to assist families that were affected by the flood. G&P Trucking Company provided the truck and Sunbelt Rentals provided the forklift to load the 22 pallets full of supplies into the truck.

“This was a no-brainer for our district,” Brown said. “After what the district in Wisconsin did for us, we knew there was no better way to pay it forward than to ask all of our schools to help out.”

Items such as water, cleaning supplies, diapers and school supplies were collected in the initiative. The #FloodTheTruck initiative was a part of a collaboration with the Partnership Liaison for the Houston Independent School District. More than 70 of the 245 schools in the Houston Independent School District had major damage after Hurricane Harvey.

“It warms my heart to see that truck filled full of supplies to help those families in need in Houston,” said District Five Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hefner. “We thank our Student Services department for taking the lead on this initiative and all of our schools in District Five for their selfless contributions. Our continued thoughts and prayers are extended to those affected by Hurricane Harvey and we hope that this small effort from us will reach those in Houston far beyond imaginable.”

Photo: Members of District Five Student Services & Facilities offices assisted G&P Trucking Company to fill an 18-wheel truck full of supplies to send to families affected by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas.