PARKER, Colo. -- Once the rain and flooding is gone, homes affected by Hurricane Harvey will have to be restored and rebuilt.
Kimberly Reed of NextGen Storm Leads is mobilizing a donation effort and building a team of qualified, trustworthy contractors to answer to the imminent need.
Reed’s connections afford her access to a mammoth network. She’s collaborating with the Storm Ventures Group.
“I’m trying to pull contractors all around the United States to help this company put people in place to help," she said.
Reed is also organizing a donation drive to collect water, diapers, blankets, clothing and other items needed right away.
She said her contractors in Houston are letting her know what people need so she can coordinate in Colorado.
“There are people sleeping in the streets," she said. "These people have nothing.”
Reed hopes to fill trucks with donations, then volunteers will drive the items to Houston shelters.
The donation drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 8 at the Double Tree Denver Hotel (3203 Quebec St.).
Anyone unable to drop off items can order water and other emergency items through Amazon and have them delivered to:
7539 Nuthatch Circle
Parker CO 80134
Reed said she is touched by the support she’s receiving and hopes to inspire others.
“We're all pretty fortunate that it didn't happen here so I feel like I need to do this to try to help make a difference," she said.