By Jenny Paulson – Pueblo locals are showing their big hearts once again by providing donations to drop-off locations where two Pueblo store owners, teamed up with a Colorado Springs store, and their friends are pitching in to help victims of the Texas hurricane at two local stores.
“Last 2 days I’ve been thinking how to help the people in Texas,” said Bob Halley, a cross country truck driver, originally from Pueblo, who is helping to organize the drive with his friends Ginny and Donny Cotton (pictured here). “Everyone is doing something. If you have anything let me know.”
Drop-off points in Pueblo for donations include Johncos Furniture Store on Santa Fe and 5th and Cottons Antique Emporium on Union in Pueblo, owned by Ginny Cotton and her husband, who will be taking a trailer filled with supplies leaving Tuesday September 5.
Ginny Cotton says they are working with Pikes Peak Harley Davidson of Colorado Springs, which is having a trailer filling event August 31 from 9 am to 6 pm.
Donations may include such items as perishable food, baby items, blankets, clothes, pots, pans, cell phone chargers, toiletries, pet food, towels, cages, leashes and collars for pets, and monetary help. need cell phone chargers, toiletries, pet food.
Halley says those involved hope to take a trip from Pueblo to Texas every other week to help victims in urgent need.
Ginny Cotton applauded the generosity of Pueblo locals, saying that she just put a little post on Facebook early in the am on August 28th calling out for help for Texas, and was amazed at the immediate help.
“This, my friends is what I’m talking about,” said Ginny Cotton. “I barely posted this this morning about donating for the hurricane victims in Texas and two sisters Diane Shumard and Janice Ellifritz delivered this to the Antique store (picture of supplies). One of my dealers, who is struggling to take care of his mother and his grandmother, does a weekend job, has a booth at my store, and
works a day time job just brought $20 to help pitch in gas, (I love you Bryan). Another young lady Candysue Upton-Wright spot $60 for gas money.”
Ginny Cotton calls her volunteer work in Pueblo Angel Network and she’s well known with locals who supply her with household items throughout the year that she stores in her garage, helping local families in crisis and need situations.
“We all want to help with what we can do,” said Halley. Halley and his friends are unsung heroes, who throughout the year, help collect donations, given out to the homeless at Mineral Palace Park.
Johnco’s Furniture, established in 2009, at 416 N Santa Fe, Pueblo,CO 81003, can be reached at 719-544-1190 and is open Monday through Saturday. Cottons Antique Store is located at 214 S Union Avenue, Pueblo, Co 81003 and Ginny Cotton can be reached at 719-289-2340.
Jenny Paulson is the publisher of www.SouthernColoradoIndependent.com and the www.PuebloKindnessProject.com. She has lived in Pueblo for twelve years and owned various niche print magazines in Western Colorado ten years.