By Becky Wade
Last week, as Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on Houston, the Black Lab Sports team went into action mode. With a dock, warehouse, distribution center, and committed trucking partners, we had a unique ability to respond and no excuse not to.
So we put out a request to our Denver/Boulder friends for food, water, and monetary donations. And over the course of the week, family members, companies, friends, and strangers came forward to answer the call. Our collection expanded from water and non-perishables to also include food for individuals with allergies, as well as cleaning supplies, diapers, and even pet food.
The generosity didn’t stop there. Monetary donations trickled into our Venmo account, about two dozen volunteers stopped by to sort and pack, and two trucking companies donated their vehicles and drivers to deliver goods to our warehouse and then to the Houston Food Bank. By loading time, we had accumulated nearly three dozen pallets of food and supplies—enough to fill an 18-wheeler.
To everyone who contributed: You stepped up, and for that we’re so grateful. We can’t mention you all by name, but Aaron Beach (president of isplack and mastermind of the drive) and I want to extend a special “thank you” to the companies that went above and beyond: Navajo, YRC, Quinn Foods, Jackson’s Honest, Purely Elizabeth, Boulder Clean, Sweetlife Co., Foundry Group, BC Interiors, isplack, EDN, and REVO. We couldn’t have done this without you.