Organizing a group of volunteers calling themselves Copa Central Command, Maricopa Pantry director Jim Shoaf saw what was happening in Texas after Hurricane Harvey and decided to do something. Upon seeing the news coverage of Houston and the devastating floods there, Shoaf turned his attention to Rockport, Texas, where Harvey’s eye had made landfall, an area he thought was receiving minimal attention. After an extensive donation drive and fundraiser, Copa Central Command left Maricopa on Sept. 26, headed for Rockport. The experience left a mark not just on the those who received Copa Central Command’s help, but also on the volunteers.

Filmed by Mason Callejas for InMaricopa.com (2017), all rights reserved.

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