2017-09-07 / News

Merritt truck drivers collect donations to haul to Texas


HEADING TO TEXAS Jacqui Shaw (and her husband, Don, not pictured) of Merritt collected items Saturday in the Walmart parking lot to take to Texas. “You see the devastation,” she said, about Houston and the surrounding areas following Hurricane Harvey. “I wanted to find a Merritt in Texas.” Through a series of contacts, she found someone in Batson, TX, where the items – like diapers, school supplies and tarps – will be distributed. She said she looked at her truck and thought, “I can do that.” The Shaws also collected items at the former The Corner Restaurant in Merritt and in Cadillac. (Photo by Cheryl Holladay) HEADING TO TEXAS Jacqui Shaw (and her husband, Don, not pictured) of Merritt collected items Saturday in the Walmart parking lot to take to Texas. “You see the devastation,” she said, about Houston and the surrounding areas following Hurricane Harvey. “I wanted to find a Merritt in Texas.” Through a series of contacts, she found someone in Batson, TX, where the items – like diapers, school supplies and tarps – will be distributed. She said she looked at her truck and thought, “I can do that.” The Shaws also collected items at the former The Corner Restaurant in Merritt and in Cadillac. (Photo by Cheryl Holladay) Jacqui and Don Shaw of Merritt did what they could over the holiday weekend to help those they have never met.

The couple began collecting items Saturday in the Walmart parking lot to take to Texas in their semi truck they drive for a living.

“You see the devastation,” Jacqui Shaw said, about Houston and the surrounding areas following Hurricane Harvey.

She said she looked at her truck and thought, “I can do that.”

She contacted someone at Simply Country Cafe in Moss Hill, TX, who, through a chain of people, led her to someone in Batson, TX, where items – like diapers, school supplies and tarps – will be distributed by local residents.

“I wanted to find a Merritt in Texas,” she said, about the location, which is in northeast Texas. “Everybody’s hitting the big [towns].”

She said she has been driving for six years, while her husband has been a truck driver for 20 years. They have driven in all 48 contiguous states, she said, adding that their Auto King truck has a kitchen and a shower.

“And we don’t fight,” she said. “That’s a small space to live in for days on end.”

The Shaws also accepted collections Sunday at the former The Corner Restaurant in Merritt and Monday in Cadillac and were expecting to leave Tuesday for Texas.

“There is a blessing in it,” she said, of Hurricane Harvey. “It’s bringing the communities together.”

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