Residents of Nebraska City and Auburn teamed up to provide relief supplies for victims of Hurricane Harvey.
As of Friday morning, a livestock trailer next to El Portal Mexican Restaurant on South 11th Street was full of bottled water, cleaning supplies, diapers, pet food and other necessities for Texas.
El Portal and Miller and Farrell Home Real Estate partnered on the supply-gathering project.
El Portal offered a free taco to anyone who brought a donation to the trailer.
“We have to force the taco coupon on some people,” said Scott Miller, who was manning the trailer on Thursday afternoon.
“It’s not the main reason they came” to drop off supplies, he said.
Miller and Cindy McGinnis had afternoon shifts Wednesday and Thursday at the trailer.
By Thursday afternoon, the trailer was nearly full, with more supplies en route from Auburn, according to McGinnis.
“Tom and Rosa [Giffee] did this a few years ago when there were bad storms in Oklahoma,” said McGinnis. “This time, we asked if we could partner with them.”
Tom Giffee was set to haul the trailer to Texas and drop off the supplies, said Miller.
Nebraska Citians young and old came out to support the project, said Miller.
Some brought money, while others brought packs of paper towels or cases of water.
Even some out-of-town visitors got in on the project, said Miller.
A man visiting from Colorado stopped at the trailer after eating supper at El Portal, then went to Walmart to purchase some supplies before he headed back home, said Miller.
Word-of-mouth and social media posts were the main advertising methods used to get the word out about the project, said McGinnis.
“Social media is good for some things,” said Miller.