More Than 70,000 Pounds of Food Headed to Oso From Yakima
A local trucking company is sending a large load of donated items to help people who survived the Oso mudslide.
A big food drive at Yakima's Haney Trucking last Saturday filled two large trailers full of supplies. It included everything from people food, pet food, blankets and other donations. More than 70,000 pounds of donations were shipped Wednesday.
Haney Trucking President Peter Carlander says it is important for the business to lend a hand when others are affected by such a huge tragedy.
We have a history of helping people out and it just seemed like the right thing to do.
The company president says Haney Trucking was also inspired by East Valley Teacher Randy Andrews. Andrews is a former Haney employee who, on his own, gathered some 4,000 pounds of food to deliver to mudslide victims.
Community members are not the only ones who are helping survivors. Yakima pizza businesses like Pizza Hut and Papa John's reached out. They helped collect donations for mudslide victims.
Two other big companies are giving back as well. Walgreen's donated $25,000 and Lowe's contributed emergency supplies to the search and rescue teams.
All total about 70,000 pounds of food and supplies from the Yakima Valley are arriving in the Oso area today.