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"These people that have been displaced, they've lost their homes, they've lost their livelihood, but at the very least, what we can do in this area being so far away is we can at least help them...to eat."

September 6, 2017
Writer: Sydney Jensen

The Madison County Fire Department is working to gather donations for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Corey Marriot, who works as a firefighter and paramedic for the Madison County Fire Department, says the idea came to him as he saw similar projects aimed at sending aid following the devastation that left thousands homeless and destitute. 

 "A lot of people have expressed desires to help out, but haven't known how," Corey Marriot, Madison County Fire Department Fireman, and Paramedic, told BYU-Idaho Radio. "These people that have been displaced, they've lost their homes, they've lost their livelihood, but at the very least, what we can do in this area being so far away is we can at least help them...to eat." 

Marriot says the drive is only taking nonperishable items like granola bars, canned goods, pop-top items, crackers, breakfast bars and similar items. He also says toiletries are helpful and accepted. 

"A lot of these people don't have the capability to cook," Marriot said, adding that packaged items that require preparation are accepted, but not preferred.

Donations can be taken to the Madison County Fire Department at 26. N. Center Street in Rexburg, Idaho or at local grocery stores where boxes have been set up to deposit donations. 

You can listen to the full interview below.