Helping with Harvey
“Adopting” a Texas Government
Tobyhanna and Tunkhannock Townships along with State Representative Jack Rader (R-Monroe), have joined together to adopt The City of Pine Forest, a Texas community utterly destroyed by Hurricane Harvey.
Over 98% of the city was under 5 to 10 feet of water for nearly two weeks. Pine Forest and its municipal functions are operating, literally, from the City Administrator’s kitchen table.
“We are grateful for the outpouring of support of our community in helping the City of Pine Forest get back up and running. It’s our region helping get a Texas local government back in operation to help its own citizen’s” noted Tunkhannock Township Zoning Officer Kate Lambert, who has helped formulate the program.
Both Tobyhanna and Tunkhannock Townships are collecting office supplies including desks, chairs, file cabinets, and office paper. Mold control, tents, tarps, grills, and charcoal are other items that the city desperately needs.
“During times of crisis, citizens look to local government to manage, lead, and respond. With this unprecedented devastation, the operational capacity of cities like Pine Forest have been literally washed away. It’s a challenge to manage a crisis if your municipal operation center has been wiped out. Our region is rising to the challenge to help our Pine Forest,” said Tobyhanna Township Manager John J. Jablowski, Jr.
Both townships encourage residents and business owners interested in donating office supplies and other needed items to bring them to “Feed The Truck” from 12 – 4:30PM on Saturday, October 7, during the Annual Fall Festival at Blanche D. Price Park in the Village of Pocono Pines.
“The citizens and government of the City of Pine Forest are so very thankful for the kindness and generosity from Tobyhanna and Tunkhannock Townships in Pennsylvania. With this help, we can continue to put our community back together and begin to offer municipal services in our City,” said City Administrator Kimberly Craig.
Residents and businesses can drop off donations during normal business hours at the Tunkhannock Township Municipal Building at 1557 Long Pond Rd, Long Pond, PA 18334 and the Tobyhanna Township Government Center at 105 Government Center Way, Pocono Pines, PA 18350.
The Townships and Rep. Rader have a goal of obtaining over 1 Ton of office equipment. Already in action, the communities have already received dozens of pieces of office equipment and related supplies.
Here's what's needed
A list of items being collected for Hurricane Harvey Relief
Tunkhannock Township Watershed Zoning Map
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