Benefit raises money for victims of Hurricane Harvey

August 31, 2017 11:35 PM

COLONIE -- Pastor Charlie Muller's City Kids Smoothie truck has been feeding kids in the Capital District this summer.

On Thursday, the truck headed south.

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“Even the guy at the gas station donated our first take of gas,” Muller said. “Walmart donated the blenders so we have extra blenders.”

“It was a no-brainer to us, said Muller’s daughter, Cassie Muller. “We got the supplies and people donated the smoothie mix and that was just such a big blessing for us.”

Muller is delivering smoothies and a couple of tractor-trailers full of supplies to Texas himself to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.

His congregation at Victory Christian Church in Colonie as well as community members held a benefit to fund that effort.

“They're doing great work and they're raising money to send most needed items down to Texas and I want to support him 100%,” said Michael Carey.

“So the trucks will be going down but we need to get finances for the trucking,” Muller said. “And it's like $4000 a truckload so we're really rallying tonight to do this benefit concert.”

The church is collaborating with faith-based aid group Jezreel International to deliver the goods.

The drive to Texas began right after the concert ended.

However, Muller will not be traveling alone.

“We're driving straight through,” Muller said. “I'm taking my daughter.”

“We are driving, I believe it's a 32 Hour drive down to hopefully wherever we can get into the closest to the devastation in Houston,” Cassie said.

It is a long trip for Muller and his 26-year-old daughter.

She said they will be guided by faith.

“And I think it just shows that there is hope,” Cassie said. “There is love in our world.”

Enough love, Muller hopes, to bring the country together and help those in need.

“There such a divide in our nation,” Muller said. “But when tragedy happens everybody comes together so I'm like shouldn’t this be all the time?”

Muller said seven thousand dollars of donations and supplies have already been donated, including the entire truck of smoothies.

Much of the concert proceeds will go towards the cost of transporting the aid to Texas.


Nia Hamm

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