A small group of Central Texans with big hearts has started an organization to help their neighbors in need.
The Trail of Donations started shortly after the 2011 Bastrop wildfires when founder Alan Thompson, a former volunteer firefighter, and his family realized there weren't any places taking donations in Eastern Williamson County. The family started taking donations at their house.
It didn't take long for things to take off. The donation movement grabbed the attention of a local biker church's pastor. Bikers began participating in the donation events, leading the way for the donation truck to its destination, thus forming a trail of donations.
Click the player above to hear Trail of Donations founder Alan Thompson and treasurer Stephanie Wright talk to KVUE.com about their organization and their donation event happening on Jan. 26.
In the future, Trail of Donations hopes to help out people who have dealt with a natural disaster or have a financial hardship due to a recent life-changing medical diagnosis. Long-term, they'd also like to assist single mothers with smaller children who are trying to get away from abusive situations.
Trail of Donations is currently in the process of getting its 501c3 to become an official non-profit organization. Currently, the founders are using their personal funds to complete the 501c3 process and make the donation missions happen.
If you would like to volunteer with or donate to Trail of Donations, visit their website here or contact them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 512-269-6062 or 512-269-5908. You can also follow Trail of Donations on Twitter here or Facebook here.