ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deep East Texans have been volunteering to help victims in the parts of Southeast Texas that were the hardest hit by Hurricane Harvey.
Some people like Dillon Tobias, a Lufkin resident who attended Stephen F. Austin State University, have gone down to the Houston area with their boats and are helping with rescue efforts.
Others like Amy Weaver Dunn are gathering blankets and anything they might have that they can give to people that they run across that need help. Dunn and her family left for the Houston area Monday morning.
Dillon Tobias is with a group of other Angelina County residents who are helping out in Southeast Texas.
Judy Tobias, Dillon's mother, told East Texas News that her son told her that he didn't have time to talk because he and the others in his group were so busy helping. She added that he said that there are so many more people that need their help.
"He said that he learned to love others from his parents and Jesus," Judy Tobias said.
Dillon also told his mother that his dad taught him to drive a boat at a young age and that he is happy to put that skill to use.
"He also said that Jesus is the reason they are there and that the Bible says not to let your right hand know what your left had is doing," Judy Tobias said. "He said he's doing it out of love for thy neighbor and nothing else."
A KTRE viewer sent a photo of a group of Angelina County volunteers gathering in Lufkin before they headed south to help Hurricane Harvey victims. They headed south with five boats Monday.
For those who are unable to volunteer their time in the ongoing Southeast Texas rescue effort, there will be another chance to help closer to home starting at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Wade McKinney, a Lufkin based chaplain who is also the founder of Mantle Ministries Inc., said they are going to have a drop-off station at Lufkin's Sam's Wholesale Club all day Tuesday where people can drop off bottled water and new unperishable items.
The organizers will gather all the donated items, box them up, and distribute them three fire stations in Hardin County, which hasn't been getting as much help as some of the larger Southeast Texas counties. McKinney said that they have an 18-wheeler on standby if they need it to get all the donations to Hardin County.
McKinney added that Mantle Ministries is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit. People can donate directly to the ministry by texting THEMANTLE to 77977 and clicking the link for the app.