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St. Felix looks to help Houstonians hit by Harvey; volunteers needed

St. Felix Pantry is looking for volunteers to sort through clothing that will be sent to Houston-area residents impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

The Rio Rancho-based pantry that serves that city, Albuquerque and Sandoval County, has teamed up with the Boys and Girls Club of Central New Mexico to sort and pack clothing, according to a news release issued today.

“The clothing will be transported to Houston thanks to Kirtland Air Force Base, which has secured a cargo plane to fly the clothing, with other area donated items, to be distributed in Houston,” the release reads, adding that the Federal Emergency Management Agency expects 450,000 people to seek disaster relief.

“The basic thing we’re doing is offering hope, in a way that is needed by all those people fleeing the floods in Texas,” Sister Mary Angela, the president and CEO of St. Felix Pantry. “For many of them, all the clothing they have left is what they were wearing when they left their homes.”

As part of the effort, St. Felix is in need of volunteers to sort through the clothing and prepare it for shipping . Sorting and repackaging will be done at the Boys & Girls Club in Rio Rancho, 4600 Sundt Road NE, on Saturday, Sept. 2, starting at 9 a.m. Anyone interested in helping should Manuel Casias at 505-270-1366 or email at

Rio Rancho Mayor Gregg Hull is encouraging “everyone to pitch in and help where possible to alleviate the suffering of the people affected by Hurricane Harvey.”

“Rio Rancho has always been a city that helps others in a time of need,” he said. “This is a time of need for the city of Houston and another opportunity to help.”