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Titletown to Texas drive so successful, it needs more truck drivers

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Published: Sep. 1, 2017 at 11:56 AM CDT
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Titletown is opening its hearts and wallets to support victims of the unprecedented flooding in Texas.

The Titletown to Texas drive, organized by the Green Bay Police Department and Burkel's One Block Over, collected truckloads of supplies all day to drive down to Rockport-Fulton, an area devastated by flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

The area is close to the heart of Green Bay Police Commander Paul Ebel. His three nephews live there.

"My other nephew has one three-year-old who actually celebrated his birthday while they were evacuated, and his wife is pregnant and due in November. So right now their home is severely damaged, as with my other nephews' homes are severely damaged, so this donation here is going to go right to the Rockport-Fulton area," Ebel said.

Semi trailers were parked at Burkel's One Block Over in Green Bay and another outside Festival Foods in Menasha. First two trucks, then three, then.... five and more.

"Today it's just non-stop," restaurant owner Kevin Burkel said, "and it's some serious giving today. There was yesterday, too. I mean, just people are going out of their way. It's awesome. It's fantastic."

With the addition of more semi trailers, Burke says, came a problem.

Titletown to Texas will need volunteer drivers and more than $20,000 to cover the costs to get the supplies to Texas.

"This is going to tie into a whole other animal, so I'm thinking that we're probably going to have to have some volunteers with some semis that are going to want to haul down, you know, in some sleeper cabs that can get down and get back because it's just... it's getting big," Burkel said.

"It gives you one of those good feelings, you know? We see a lot of negative in the news right now and the media and this is kind of pulling the country together. And you watch social media and you see the number of people that are mobilizing across the country to help the citizens of Texas and along the Gulf Coast," Ebel said.

"I didn't think I'd ever see something like this happen so fast and so rapidly, but it's really come together and it's been fantastic," Burkel said.

"We appreciate it, and Green Bay as a community, we've always been a very, I think, close knit community," Ebel added.

The Green Bay Police Department is also collecting monetary donations in the form of checks. Make the check out to the Green Bay Police Department and be sure to include "Titletown to Texas" in the memo line.

Holy cow!!! The truck is over half full. The Fox Cities community is awesome! We will be out here at Festival Foods on Oneida Street until 6

Posted by City of Menasha Police Department on Friday, September 1, 2017