Denver, Jefferson County GOP leaders organize Harvey relief effort, need truck

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Outside Jefferson County GOP headquarters on Tuesday, 50 cases of bottled water were unloaded from Denver GOP chairman Jake Viano’s pickup truck.

The cases of water are ready to be sent to southeastern Texas.

Viano said he extended the offer to help to his Democratic friends because natural disasters do not discriminate.

“It didn’t just hit Republican voters,” Jefferson County GOP chairman Joe Webb said. “It didn’t just hit Democratic voters … it hit Americans, period.”

Viano and Webb asked the FOX31 Problem Solvers for help to find viewers willing to donate a large box truck or semitruck to transport nonperishable food items, toiletries, clothes, jumpsuits, towels, pillows, baby formula, baby wipes, hand sanitizer and diapers.

Some $2,000 had been donated by Tuesday, according to Viano.

“We have quite a bit of influence and an email list and access to the state party and their communication director,” Viano said.

Donations are being accepted weekdays from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 13952 Denver West Parkway, Building 53, No. 450 in Lakewood.

Anyone who can help donate a truck to the group can send an email.

Viano said 100 percent of monetary donations given at from now until Sept. 20 will go to Hurricane Harvey victims.

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