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Local grassroots Harvey relief campaigns join forces for donation drive

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SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) - As Florida braces for the impact of Hurricane Irma, one local veteran is making sure the victims of Hurricane Harvey are not forgotten by leading a grassroots effort to collect supplies here in San Diego and drive them to Texas.

Faheem Ali, who also goes by Ricki, says this all started last Wednesday through word of mouth. Since then, Faheem's garage has filled to the brim with donations.

The once homeless Marine veteran and his two buddies, Merick Findling and Adam Gentry, partnered up with "Project Houston," another grassroots group collecting goods and donations from the community with plans to transport them to Houston in a semi-truck.

The groups held a donation drive Saturday at Priority Moving in Carmel Mountain Ranch and through the magic of social media and word of mouth they received thousands of dollars worth of goods and supplies for those in need, including a heartwarming donation from a young boy.

Santiago Crane turns 11 on Sunday and even with all that excitement the victims of Hurricane Harvey were still on his mind, so he donated $100 of his birthday money to the cause.

"Toys, video games, Minecraft--I could have spent it all on that," Santiago said. "But when I watched the video about that flooding I was too hurt so I gave that money to them."

Another touching donation came from a News 8 viewer who saw the story and felt like he needed to do something. He dropped off 10 boxes of baby formula.

"I know there are people who need water and food and stuff," Stephan Slattum said. "But we can't forget about the children and the babies."

Monetary donations can be made here.

Some of the footage in this video story was shot using a GoPro camera.

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