Va. family brings hope by the truckload to Harvey victims

Victims of Hurricane Harvey just got a lot of help from someone in our backyard. A Virginia family took supplies by the truckload to the flood zone. They organized all of it in just one day.

BURKE, VA (WUSA9) - A Virginia family spent the holiday weekend gathering and delivering truckloads of supplies to victims of Hurricane Harvey.

The Miller family of Burke decided only Thursday to trek into the Texas flood zone.

“I’m kind of an impulsive guy,” said Peter Miller, a fire sprinkler repairman in Maryland. Last Thursday, he decided to gut his work van to haul supplies after seeing images of devastating flood damage. “If I had a more stable personality, I probably would have never done it,” he said.

Peter's wife Karen put a plea on Facebook. Donations of baby formula, diapers, dog food and water started piling up at their Fairfax County home. It was enough to fill Peter's work van and another trailer in only 24 hours.

“We can donate money, but we wanted to do something concrete,” said Karen.

Starting Saturday, the Millers drove more than 20 hours from Burke, Va. to near Beaumont, Tex. Peter’s brother and a friend joined in as drivers and the Millers' son flew in from Wisconsin.

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Packed in with the cargo was a special surprise: hot dogs, buns, and watermelon. At a Baptist church on Monday, the Millers helped host a Labor Day picnic. They said volunteers and helpers needed helping, too.

“Our whole idea was not to bring food, it was to bring hope and love—to show them that we really care,” said Miller, who visited Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. “I walk away from it thinking community is everything.”

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