Virginia company receives overwhelming response to Hurricane Irma relief drive

- A Virginia company is acting fast to lend a helping hand to Hurricane Irma victims.

Connectivity Solutions Inc., a wireless tech company in Sterling, is practically shutting down its operations to collect donations and provide support to those impacted by the storm.

So far, the drive has collected over 7000 bottles of water, 10,000 pre-made protein drinks, 75 boxes of diapers, 25 cases of baby formula – and donations continue to pour in.

The initial donation drive began when Hurricane Harvey struck Texas but was redirected by FEMA and shifted focus toward Florida after Irma hit.

"It was a labor of love with all my employees and friends and family" said Connectivity Solutions CEO, Andy Mortenson. “What started out as me being overwhelmed with Hurricane Harvey and not knowing what to do and when to help – to now all of a sudden this."

He calls the overwhelming response an amazing outpouring of love. In addition to transporting the supplies with trucks and trailers, Mortenson says he has rented and RV to take on the trip so first-responders have a place to clean up and rest.

Mortenson said 200 buckets with cleaning supplies are also being taken along on the trip and will be passed out to residents. Toiletries, first aid supplies and school supplies will also be sent.

He said all of the clothing donated has been sorted to make for easier distribution – and over 200 bags have been collected so far.

As a line of employees and volunteers loaded a truck with supplies, Mortenson said the response has touched his heart. “Just to see the goodness and love of people and to experience the joy of people giving is just stunning and amazing."

The truck left at 12 p.m. Wednesday.

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