Wednesday 19 September, 2018

Caribbean nationals unite to help Houston flood victims

A number of Caribbean associations and businesses in Texas have come together to collect donations to help West Indians affected by flooding in Houston. 

Alicia Lovell, a Trinidadian living in Dallas, Texas, said the groups have all come together to form Dallas Unity.

"A number of my friends and Caribbean nations have been affected in Houston. People have lost everything, without an idea of how, when, what would there tomorrow be like. I have been reaching out to all my friends in media and in any position to get the message out, Houston needs help from not just the US or Texas, but from around the world given the number of persons affected," she told Loop. 

"I have a team in Dallas set up including four Caribbean association, one African association, and some community leaders as we work together to pull our resources together to make a positive difference in the coming weeks. I am also working on getting some Caribbean Soca and Reggae artistes who have visited the city of Houston before to come out and send us donations to give out when we make our way to Houston in the coming weeks," she said, noting that the affected area is home to many Caribbean nationals. 

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The group is collecting non-perishable items and the first phase of the collection will begin on Sunday, September 10.

Lovell said while they prefer items, anyone wishing to contribute funds can do so at an account that will be set up.

Items needed are: blankets, sweaters, packaged foods, pillows, towels, diapers, formula, Ensure kids, baby and kid clothing, water, toothbrushes/toothpaste, ready to eat food, first aid supplies, medical supplies, shampoo, conditioner, hand sanitiser, adult diapers and laundry detergent. 

The groups that have come together to form Dallas Unity are:

Dallas West Indies United - Official
Caribbean Association of Texas (CAT)
Haitian Social Circle in Dallas
Panamanian Association of Dallas/Fort Worth Nueva Generacion
Malawi Association 
Malawians in Texas Organization
Caribbean Community leaders 
Maxine Esdelle
Sarang Douglas
Tameica Duncan The Island Spot
Steady PartyDrive

Drop off locations
Look for signs DALLAS UNITY

Taste of the Island Restaurant (Plano) Taste of the Islands Caribbean Style
909 W Spring Creek Pkwy
Ste 300
Plano Tx 75023
Between 
10am - 7pm

Aldeez Caribbean Restaurant & Event Center Aldeez Caribbean Restaurant & Event Center
7879 Spring Valley Rd
Dallas
Between 
11am - 9pm

Hero's Grill Hero's Grill
7402 Greenville Ave
#230
Dallas, Tx 75231
11am - 2:30 (m-f)
2pm - 7pm (sat - sun)

Jamaica Gates Caribbean Cuisine Jamaica Gates Caribbean Cuisine
1020 W Arkansas Ln
Arlington Tx
Between
12noon - 7pm

Island Spot Carrollton The Island Spot
Jamaican kitchen & Bar
2661 Midway Rd 
Ste 105
Carrollton Tx 75006
Between
11am - 8pm (m-sat)
11am - 2pm (sun)

The First Christian Church of Grand Prairie Address: 202 W Tarrant Rd, Grand Prairie, TX 75050

Mike's 24hr wrecker Service
8160 Moberly lane Dallas TX 75227

Fluffy N Fit FLUFFY-N-FITNESS "To Di World" Uplift, Motivate and Empower Group
ARLINGTON PLACE (corner of collins and sublett across street from church)

6101 S. COLLINS ST 
ARLINGTON TX 76017
During the times listed below
MON - THU 630-8PM 
SAT 9AM-10AM 
SUN 3-430PM

For persons wishing to ship items for this group please ship to

DALLAS UNITY
c/o Mike's 24hr wrecker Service
8160 Moberly lane Dallas TX 75227