Local business gathering hurricane donations has enough clothing

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A local business that teamed up with musician Wade Bowen to send more than a half dozen truckloads of items donated for hurricane victims to South Texas is continuing to collect items, but is overloaded with used, unorganized clothes and is now asking for the public to focus the donations on clean-up supplies.

“We appreciate all the donations,” said Wes Waller of UBI products.

“If people do still bring clothes we need them to be somewhat organized by size because it would make it so much easier for delivery. But if they can, we’d like them to focus on what we’re calling phase two.”

Kim Gooch with Goochie Designs in Waco has been volunteering to sort through the donations at the UBI Warehouse.

She says most of her day is tied up sorting through boxes and trash bags full of used clothing.

“It’s taken us hours and hours to do that,” Gooch said.

“If we can get everyone to sort clothes by size and possibly have them cleaned.”

“We’re grateful for all of the donations. It’s just taken lots of time and manpower to do it.”

Gooch said the most needed items now are not clothes, but is asking Central Texans to focus donations on items that will help as residents start the process of clean-up.

“We need donations of toiletries, bug spray, and cleaning supplies. We really need the insect repellant.”

While many areas say they’re no longer accepting donations, Gooch, Waller and Bowen are teaming up with First Baptist Woodway to deliver to areas that still need the help, including, Vidor, Rockport and League City.

UBI started by collecting donations in the parking lot of Gander Mountain.

Over the weekend, they sent a caravan of buses with Wade Bowen to deliver the supplies to the Corpus Christi area where Bowen played a free concert for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

The next two buses will leave UBI products on Monday.