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Red River FCU Delivers 2,800+ Vital Bottles of Water to Shelter
Thursday, August 13, 2015 6:55 AM

Volunteers Unload Delivery Trucks
Richard King and Randy Sams volunteers unload a delivery truck and flatbed full of bottled water donated to the shelter.

The summer temperatures have been extremely hard on communities across the south. For some in the Red River community, it does seem to be hotter than ever, and those who are without a home this summer are experiencing the heat like never before.

“From time to time, I will take items that I’ve gathered from my own home to the shelter, so I will check on what they need to see if I have items I can donate personally,” stated Patricia Cunningham, director of marketing at Red River Federal Credit Union. On July 27, she reached out again.

“Our biggest need right now is water," said Jennifer Laurent, executive director of Randy Sams Outreach Shelter. "We are handing it out constantly right now, and bottles work well because then they cannot get knocked over, and [the homeless] can refill them if they are out and about. Plus, we keep water for people who don’t live here, but may be in need during the day.”

Within minutes of Laurent's plea, a request for support was distributed to credit union employees throughout the region. The following day, cases of water and donations started coming in to the shelter.

Then on July 31, Richard King and Shane Rainwater, both Red River FCU employees in the support and facilities department, helped Patricia deliver approximately 2,800 bottles of water.

Laurent told them they were going through 5–6 cases of water per day, so the 2,800 bottles of water would help them for at least a week, maybe two. The credit union is making another shopping trip for more water, which includes donations from Red River FCU employees.