Over 1,300 evacuees take refuge in Pearsall

Pearsall welcomed over 1,300 evacuees fleeing Hurricane Harvey.

A group in Devine is organizing a donation drive for hurricane evacuees who are staying at hotels in nearby Pearsall.
“I will be accepting donated non-perishable food and hygiene items at the Devine Chamber of Commerce office located at 200 E Hondo in Devine from 3-7 pm. If no one is there when you drop by, feel free to drop off donations at The Devine News office this Wednesday and Thursday as well, and we will get those donations to this group.
“Donations will be taken to Hurricane Harvey evacuees living in the hotels in our neighboring town of Pearsall, TX. Gift cards or gas cards will also be accepted. If you have wanted to assist in any way this is your opportunity to help locally,” said Eliza McGuairt, of Devine.
According to the Pearsall City Manager, about 1,350 people took refuge in Pearsall hotels during Hurricane Harvey, as big cities like San Antonio became overbooked quickly. Most of the evacuees are from Rockport, Corpus Christi and the immediate areas around them.

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The Pearsall City Manager thanks all who have helped with this effort, and posted the following message on social media this past Monday, “We still have a large number of evacuees in town and we will be making another delivery to them today. We have plenty of food, water, and clothing to help these people. If you still want to help, we are accepting gift cards at City Hall to be distributed to our new family of evacuees. We have received [gas] cards and [grocery/shopping] cards and those have served a great purpose. What an awesome response to help our neighbors in need!”