AUSTIN (KXAN) — The City of Austin received a large delivery of bottled water from some friends in the Northeast on Monday.
Leaders from the City of Collingdale, Pennsylvania delivered more than 58,000 bottles of water to the Central Texas Food Bank to help Austinites who are still facing water shortages after Winter Storm Uri, and city officials thanked the representatives from the Philadelphia suburb at the food bank.
Collingdale Mayor Felecia Coffee saw coverage of Austin families in need and wanted to help by collecting and distributing water. Coffee was able to collect the bottled water “strictly through community organizing efforts.”
Coffee said she asked all 49 municipalities in the county to donate five cases of water to the cause, but they went above and beyond that.
“They sent palettes of water from just about everywhere,” Coffee said. “We’re here for you guys. I hope this will help you the best it can.”
Mayor Pro Tem Natasha Harper-Madison said she was “in complete awe” at the donation and everything the Central Texas Food Bank has been able to accomplish during the aftermath of the winter storms that crippled the city.
“This morning I’m seeing yet another clear example of our humanity,” she said. “It’s cases of water that are all different, it’s not uniform, and that’s how you know these are individual efforts. The communities that came together to bring the water to Austin, Texas, to respond to the need that we had as a community, I couldn’t thank you more.”
Collingdale is a small suburb outside of Philadelphia. According to the 2010 US Census Bureau, Collingdale’s population is less than 9,000 people.