Houston is sending aid provides and provides to communities hit by Hurricane Ida

HOUSTON – Houston sent aid to Louisiana by truckload Thursday.

A convoy of panel vans and 18-wheels, escorted by Houston police, left Gallery Furniture at 6:15 a.m. to help Louisiana.

There were more than 15 trucks with supplies going to LaPlace. The trucks were filled with donations of long-life food, toiletries, pet food and water for families affected by Hurricane Ida.

Gallery Furniture, Kroger and the City of Houston asked Houston residents to help with donations this week to help the neighboring state. Gallery Furniture owner Jim McIngvale, who also calls Mattress Mack, says the loaded trucks are testament to the generosity of Houstonians, many of whom have been hit by previous hurricanes. Mattress Mack said Thursday’s relief efforts were the first to come.

“We’re going to do this today and next week, and probably continue until the effort is complete, because during our troubles during Hurricane Harvey, people have certainly gathered to help Houston,” he said. “Now it’s our turn to rally and help the people of Louisiana.”

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The Cajun Navy will distribute the supplies as soon as the trucks arrive in LaPlace.

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