SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– “It’s really easy to feel so helpless so far away,” says Lori Gott, as she gives blood.
Gott is one of the many people in the Ozarks doing all they can for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
“Money is great as well, but this is what I had to donate today,” she says.
She’s one of the reasons the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks was able to contribute to the thousands of blood units requested by the flood damaged cities in East Texas.
“We were earlier this week able to ship five units of blood down there,” Chris Pilgrim, CBCO media relations manager, says.
But it seems two more groups, Bass Pro Shops, and Lowe boats, were able to see another need in Lone Star State and meet it.
“They’re in a situation right now where this could be very useful for them,” says Ben Cast, President of Lowe.
Cast says his company sent about a dozen boats to Houston crisis responders.
“We’d like to think that if we were in a similar situation that people in Texas or other parts of the United States would help us as well,” he says.
Sarah Hough, with Bass Pro, says the outdoor giant sent more than eighty.
“Governor Abbott in Texas contacted Johnny Morris this weekend and of course we have the equipment that’s needed in these relief efforts,” she explains.
And while both companies are donating hundreds of thousands of dollars worth products, like Lori Gott, back at the blood bank, the companies realize it’s about being a good neighbor even from this far away.
“It’s about being a good part of your local community, but it’s about being a good part of your nation as well,” Cast says.