Wader Donations Go to First Responders in Texas

First-responders in Texas choose from among the many waders sent by Orvis customers.
Photos courtesy Orvis San Antonio

When Hurricane Harvey smashed into the Texas coast, unleashing unprecedented flooding, Orvis shipped $30K worth of waders to help first-responders and asked our customers to send any extra waders they had, as well, since the need was immense. Landon Rowlett, store manager of Orvis San Antonio, sent us these the great pictures on Friday. Thank you to everyone who sent waders to Texas. Landon says that all the responders who received waders were extremely appreciative.

These waders will allow these brave men and women to focus on the important task at hand.

Any extra waders that we have will be immediately shipped to Florida to help with the cleanup from Hurricane Irma. According to Landon, “We are awaiting an update from Florida Emergency Management on where to ship extras. They were SO excited about receiving waders, but need to figure out best location, based on Irma’s anticipated landfall.” We will offer an update if we need to launch another “Operation Waders.” We are proud that our customers responded so generously when called on. Again: Thank you to everyone who took part in this effort.

Landon Rowlett poses with many of the boxes sent by Orvis customers.

11 thoughts on “Wader Donations Go to First Responders in Texas”

  1. Once again, Orvis shows itself to really be a family style business, calling on members of the family from all over the country to help those in need in TX and FL. Thanks to Orvis for organizing this, making their own donation of waders and to the customers who responded so beautifully.

  2. Thanks Orvis for organizing this effort! First responders are top notch people and you have helped them to get their job done! Many thanks to those who helped this effort.

  3. An old Orvis Paramus, NJ store employee was proud to help out. Orvis employees and customers are the best.

  4. It is a wonderful thing to have a mutually supportive relationship between our businesses. Thank you Orvis – Houston for inviting us to join in the wader donation collection. We are proud to have been a part of such a great gesture in support of the firefighters in Houston. — Stacy, General Manager at Bayou City Angler fly shop

  5. Please consider donations to Florida. Bonita Springs is still flooded 9 days after the hurricane with people trapped in homes. Also power crews wading in water everywhere many areas still standing water in Collier and Lee counties. People have gotten sick due to bacterial infections in Everglades City also. Their homes deemed unlivable. If you reach out to the mayor’s office of these towns I’m sure they would greatly appreciate. There is a group on Facebook called Marco Patriots that are managing donations also.

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