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Virginia Beach-based Operation Blessing sending aid to Texas

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Posted at 11:20 AM, Feb 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-23 20:12:53-05

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Cities in Texas are still paralyzed from an historic winter storm. Hundreds of thousands in the Lone Star State remain without power and water.

"It caught them off guard; it is a warm weather area," said Anthony Lloyd, with Operation Blessing.

The need for aid is great, which is why Operation Blessing, a Virginia Beach-based non-profit specializing in disaster relief, had to step in.

"Obviously, power, heat, water problems emerged quickly, and so we wanted to make sure resources we had available could help meet that need," said Lloyd.

So, volunteers loaded up dozens of tractor trailers and made the 1,300-mile trek to Texas to provide aid for those in critical conditions.

"Since February 18, we have had six loads of water go out the door; juice, drinks and around 1,000 blankets," he said.

Many cities are still under a boil water advisory, so Operation Blessing will continue their supply efforts out of a staging area in Grand Prairie, Texas.

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"Every little bit helps, and when our partners receive their load, they are very emotional because many are helping elderly, low-income and those that are handicapped."

If you would like to help those suffering from the storm through Operation Blessing, click here.