Local man traveling to aid in hurricane recoverySep 1, 2017 By Daniel Bendtsen, Staff Writer
Riverton man George Burr is headed down to Houston next week.
With him, he'll take a 16-foot trailer full of supplies for people in need.
He'll distribute the items using a four-wheeler he bought after trading in one of his Harley motorcycles a few days ago.
On Thursday morning, Burr was racing around Riverton to pick up donations from various businesses.
He'll continue to pick up donations through the weekend before leaving for Houston on Monday or Tuesday.
If the trailer's not full by then, he said he'll take money from his own pocket to buy more supplies.
"This trailer's leaving full regardless," he said.
By Thursday, Burr had already received donations from 10 area businesses and organizations, but he said he could still use more.
Locals can drop off donations of water, nonperishable food, pet food, and other goods like toothpaste at his trailer located behind the Neighborhood Alliance Church on Riverview Road.
If he's not there, residents can simply leave the goods behind the trailer. Cash donations aren't very helpful at this point, he said.
This isn't the first recovery effort Burr has helped with - since retirement, he has been involved in assistance after Hurricanes Katrina and Andrew - but he has a personal connection to Hurricane Harvey: His mother lives in Houston.
"She's not doing too bad right now," he said. "She's on the third floor."
Burr, who has lived in Riverton for the last 21 years, also lost his childhood home in Myrtle Beach, North Carolina, to Hurricane Hugo.
He owned Rooster's Hot Shot Services until 12 years ago, when he was hit by a drunk driver while riding his motorcycle.
The wreck forced him into retirement, and he's had 14 surgeries since that.
"I don't have anything else to do," he said. "I've got to occupy my time. I'm not one to sit idle."
He's also not interested in much attention.
"Don't make this too much about me," Burr requested. "This is about the people down there. There are kids down there that don't have diapers. There are kids down there that haven't eaten."
Once he's in Houston, he expects to stay for five to nine months and will personally finance his entire trip.
"I'll be there until there's no work left," he said.