I'm sorry to do an offtopic post (and apologise for all the cross-posting
to other forums you may be on!), but hope you will understand:
there's an effort underway in the SVO community, to bring some 2500 pounds
of clothing from the Northwest to Houston for refugees, which is being
coordinated by Chris Goodwin of Frybrid COnversions in Seattle- and we're
having trouble finding affordable shipping for it- none of the shipping
companies or charities can help with discounted shipping.
We spoke with a contact at Goodwill Katrina Relief in Houston today
(saturday at 3:15 pm) who says the clothing is very much needed- their
warehouse was apparently emptied for a move when the disaster happened and
they very much still need clothes despite donations coming in from
We're negotiating with another private shipper (through uship.com) at the
moment but feel like there's some risk with that shipper (uShip is like
eBay to some extent and he has negative feedback) and are looking at a
Chris is considering putting it all onto a 12-foot trailer and trying to
find people in the vegoil community who would do relay drives of the
supplies from Seattle to Texas. I"m in California with a big truck and am
willing to do part of the drive from California, as long as someone else
brings it here to me (Berkeley) in the first place.
Is there anyone who can help either with money to help pay for the
shipping, or with a relay drive of the supplies:
a. anyone with a bus or other large vehicle who'd willing to take it the
b. Is there anyone who'd be willing to drive with me in my own vehicle,
for all or part of the trip from California? It's 2000 miles from here to
Houston, something that two people (and coffee) can do in a day and a half
of straight driving. I have one tentative driver already and can seat
several people for two days of biodiesel-geek-talk.
It's 800 miles from Seattle to here and Chris is willing to drive it to
southern Oregon, so Seattle-to-california or at least
Oregon-to-California is the minimum needed to make this happen.
c. if this happens I"ll be putting out a call for fuel along the way (I-5
to I-10) - unwashed biodiesel or filtered WVO for blends would work. I
have transfer tanks and can haul a lot of fuel along to make this cheaper.
d. Are there people along the route with a big vehicle who could relay a
trailer full of supplies instead of one vehicle doing the entire drive?
here's the thread:
Also, Chris has already done some shipping and spent $700 out-of-pocket on
sending two pallets of supplies (and closed his shop for the day in the
process). Let's reimburse him for this if anyone feels like donating in
again, we have contacts on the ground there in Houston who are working
with Astrodome refugees and other refugee families, and as of this
afternoon they say these supplies are urgently needed. 400 families who
need clothing and supplies came through our Houston Goodwill contacts'
program just today.
Please post in the Frybrid thread, or contact me offlist for further
information. I won't be monitoring these lists as much as my own email
today so please email me: