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Oxford and Lafayette Chamber of Commerce asking for donations

The Oxford and Lafayette Chamber of Commerce is putting a plan together to help out the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

In a letter posted to Facebook on Monday, Chairman for the Board of Directors David Guyton is asking the community to help out.

“Communities are in great need right now, with homes, businesses, schools, and more, all underwater,” he wrote. “Here is our opportunity to help! I am challenging EVERYONE in Oxford and Lafayette County — and I mean EVERYONE, to give! I encourage businesses, churches, schools, the University, etc. to donate whatever they can.”

The list of supplies needed includes cleaning supplies, first aid kits, bleach, rubber gloves, hand sanitizer, new towels, diapers and baby wipes, baby formula and dry pet food.

The Chamber asks that no bottled water, used items or clothing be donated at this point.

“Monetary donations are also being accepted to cover the expense of the very large rental truck that has been secured as well as gas to transport the items,” Guyton added. “Even if it’s one small thing, please give–it might be a big thing to someone else.”

The truck heading to Texas will leave Oxford on Thursday afternoon. All donations need to be delivered to the Chamber of Commerce (299 W Jackson Ave.) by noon that day.

“Remember, a community is a place, but it is much more than that,” Guyton concluded. “It is that feeling that exists in our hearts when we think of our families, our friends, our neighbors, and our homes. More importantly, it is the desire to share that feeling with those who need it most; those that may have lost all of those things. Please give!”