SWFL couple takes time off work to deliver donations to Texans

Reporter: Dannielle Garcia Writer: Drew Hill
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Credit: WINK News

A Southwest Florida couple who is used to preparing for hurricanes used those skills to take donations to those in Texas who need them most after the recent hard freeze.

When Erin and Kaci Allen scrolled through TikTok and saw videos of the devastation in Texas, they were floored.

“It was just so heartbreaking, and it was basically firsthand devastation of what they’re dealing with inside of homes, inside of animal rescues, and it’s something they’ve never dealt with,” Erin said.

So, the couple decided to do something, even though they live more than 1,000 miles away.

In an email to WINK News, Kaci wrote: “Homes frozen on the inside, animals lost from their owners. It was heartbreaking. I went to bed that night thinking I wish I could help.”

As it turns out, Erin was thinking the same thing. “It’s like she was reading my mind,” she said.

This couple decided to post about their mission on Facebook.

“These are just a couple of pallets that the Dani Drive Fort Myers Lowes are donating.”

“We’re getting donations from people we didn’t even know, and that’s what’s incredible to me, is that we’re reaching people that are far out of our circle,” Kaci said.

They got a 16-foot truck from U-Haul to load up and will start their 15-hour drive to Texas on Saturday morning.

“Texas wasn’t expecting this at all, and whenever natural disasters happen here, immediately people are jumping in their vehicles, they’re sending products, they’re coming down here to try and help, and I think it’s important that we step up and try and help and do the same for the others,” Kaci said.

The Allens say they’re working with the Houston SPCA and grassroots Facebook groups to get their supplies to people in need, especially in rural areas.

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