Southborough offering Hope for Houston: Collection drive Saturday (Donate and volunteer)

Above: Southborough residents and sponsors are working together to offer much needed help and hope to the Houston community.

On Saturday, a collection drive for victims of the storm in Houston* is being hosted by the Southborough Senior Center. The drive will run from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

In addition to much needed donations, organizers are seeking volunteers. The items being collected will need to be boxed and packed into the trailer.

The drive is being organized by Selectwoman Lisa Braccio* and resident Stefanie Cappello. Supporting Southborough’s efforts are sponsors Cappello Heavy Transport and Wee Care for Little Ones. The drive is partnered with Nightingale Visiting Nurses which has a satellite collection site in Taunton.

In 2011, dozens of volunteers turned up to help box tons of donations for overseas troops. (photo by Susan Fitzgerald)The community has turned out in force for past collection drives organized by Braccio and friends.

But those drives to support the troops generally had more notice and didn’t take place on holiday weekends. Unfortunately, natural disasters don’t operate on a convenient schedule. 

HopeforHouston drive flyer
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So, please help get the word out by sharing the flyer on Facebook or other social media. Let’s hope Southborough can show its generosity this weekend.

Below is the list of much needed items. If you have additional questions, contact Braccio at 774-248-1381 (or or Cappello at 508-787-9800 (or

Here is a list of the most requested supplies:

  • Bottled Water / Gatorade
  • Non-Perishable Food/Snacks
  • Pet Food
  • Sheets/blankets
  • Soap/Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Brush/Combs
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Toothbrushes/Toothpaste/Floss
  • Paper Goods (Bath Tissue/Paper Towels)
  • Clothing/Socks/Shoes (all sizes)
  • Diapers/Wipes/Baby Food
  • Books/Board Games
  • Puzzles

*As you should know, Houston was hit by Harvey, a hurricane then tropical storm, which stalled over the region for days. The area was devastated by 40-50 inches of rain and massive flooding. Today’s reports estimate 30-40,000 homes were destroyed.

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Mark Fallon
4 years ago

I just dropped off some supplies at the Senior Center, and was AMAZED at the number of volunteers and the line of cars waiting to make donations. Congratulations and thank you to Ms. Braccio and Ms. Cappello for organizing this effort so quickly.

Diabetic Supplies
4 years ago

If you happen to have extra diabetic supplies, Insulin For Life USA will get them to those in need. Go to to find out how to donate.

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