Gratis, Camden, and West Elkton collecting items for Harvey victims

By Kelsey Kimbler -

PREBLE COUNTY — Various Preble County fire departments are working to collect donations to send to Texas residents affected by Hurricane Harvey and the recent flooding. The departments involved include: West Elkton/Gratis Township, Camden-Somers Township Fire/EMS, and Gratis Fire/EMS/Police.

The departments are asking for help from residents with this large task.

They will be collecting items for the Houston area every Saturday and Sunday in September from 12-4 p.m. each day (and longer if needed).

Items needed include: heavy rubber boots in various sizes, heavy rubber gloves, adult Depends, tooth brushes, toothpaste, cleaning supplies, body soap, non-perishable food items, bottled water, brooms, mops, sponges, buckets, bed sheets, hand sanitizer, trash bags, laundry soap, shampoo, feminine hygiene products, deodorants, paper plates, disposable utensils, disposable cups, diapers, socks, t-shirts, underwear, and pet supplies.

In addition to the item listed above, the departments are also seeking fuel cards and cash. They are asking that checks be made payable to either Gratis Township Rescue Association or Camden Somers Fireman’s Association with the memo of Harvey.

Donation drop off points include:

•Camden-Somers Township Fire and EMS, located at 111 West Central Avenue in Camden. They can be reached at 937-452-1239.

•West Elkton/Gratis Township Fire Department, located at 12081 State Route 503 in West Elkton. They can be reached at 937-787-3713.

•Gratis Fire and EMS, located at 404 Harrison Street in Gratis. They can be contacted at 937-787-4285.

For additional information regarding donations, contact any of the above numbers.

By Kelsey Kimbler

Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH

Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH