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Manhattan Beach to 'Adopt' Texas Town for Hurricane Relief

Aug 30, 2017 10:31PM ● By Jeanne Fratello

A scene in Cleveland, Texas, following the devastating floods of this week.

In a time of extreme need for Texans displaced by Hurricane Harvey, the city of Manhattan Beach is coming together to aid the small town of Cleveland, Texas.

The Manhattan Beach Unified School District and the City of Manhattan Beach, along with Manhattan Beach service organizations, churches, and residents, have started the ACT campaign – Aid Cleveland Texas.

Cleveland, a small town of 8,000 residents, is just one of the many communities around Houston that went underwater. The Cleveland Independent School District, which has been closed for the past week, serves 4,100 students – 85% of whom are on meal assistance plans. It is also the hometown of Dr. Ben Dale, Mira Costa High School principal.

The ACT Campaign is rallying Manhattan Beach residents to contribute to a drive for much-needed supplies, which will be delivered to Cleveland, Texas by next weekend. 

Cleveland city leaders have indicated that their greatest needs are in the following categories, which will be collected at the designated school site or at City Hall:

Hygiene Kits (MBMS)
Clothing Kits (Mira Costa)
School Supplies Kits (Meadows, Grand View, Pacific)
Baby Supplies Kits (Pennekamp)
Blankets, Pillows, Towels (Pacific)
Cleaning Supplies Kits (Mira Costa)
Scrubbing Supplies (Robinson)
Pet Supplies (Grand View)
Shoes (Skechers has already generously committed to donate shoes to Cleveland)

Please see the ACT Aid Cleveland Texas Facebook page for details on what items should go in the kits.

The items will be collected on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 5 and 6, at City Hall from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and at the school sites from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Hundreds of volunteers will be needed on these days for collections. Please watch this space and the ACT Aid Cleveland Texas Facebook page as details become available.

Additionally, cash donations are also being accepted at the ACT Campaign (MBX Foundation), a Manhattan Beach-based IRS registered 501©(3) tax-exempt organization that will send proceeds directly to the ACT Campaign; the American Red Cross via the MBMS Red Cross Youth Club (Checks may be made out to American Red Cross (memo field: MBMS ARC Fundraiser) and dropped at any school front office; or Good360 (to serve the entire disaster area).

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