Supplies collected at North Ridgeville dance school sent to Texas

Dance studio owner, Robin Sykes, (standing) oversees volunteers as they sort through donations for flood victims.


NORTH RIDGEVILLE – Tim Sykes took some love from Northeast Ohio with him when he recently returned to flood – devastated Houston.

Sykes was safe in his hometown of North Ridgeville when Tropical Storm Harvey hit, but due to flight cancellations, Sykes would have to drive back to Texas.

He decided to fill a rental truck with supplies to take home.In partnership with Jillian Rian’s Dance School, Sykes and his mother, Robin, collected supplies and money to directly help those in need.


He decided to fill a rental truck with supplies to take home. A local news station heard his plan and shared the story. The outpouring of donations from the community was greater than expected.

Items such as clothing, non-perishable foods, toiletries, cleaning supplies, toys, books and first aid supplies filled the truck. More donations were expected after Sykes’ departure on Wednesday. Volunteers are working with other community groups to arrange for a second delivery to the flood ravaged areas as soon as possible.

Sykes also set up a Go Fund Me page to raise money to cover the cost of the truck and fuel for the trip. Any excess money raised will go directly to the American Red Cross. At press time, the donations were just a few dollars shy of the initial goal of $2,000.

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