With the onslaught of an unusually severe hurricane season, countless residents in Texas have been profoundly impacted by Harvey. Similarly, other storms — Irma, Jose and Maria — are following suit, dropping devastation in other coastal states, like Florida.

With the onslaught of an unusually severe hurricane season, countless residents in Texas have been profoundly impacted by Harvey. Similarly, other storms — Irma, Jose and Maria — are following suit, dropping devastation in other coastal states, like Florida.

Hurricane winds and extreme flooding aren't the only battles being fought in recent weeks; with the opposite problems, wildfires blazing in Montana, California, Oregon and Washington have the northwestern region of the U.S. in dire straights — desperate for water.

Accustomed to harsh weather, Oklahomans have had plenty of practice picking up the pieces and creating a fresh start.

As such, many locals didn't have to think twice about whether to put much-needed relief efforts into action when surrounding states found themselves in crisis.

Shawnee Animal Hospital, at 1509 N. Kickapoo, has become a catalyst for some of those locals.

Since news of the tragedy struck, Veterinarian Dr. Micheal Steward and his staff have received more than $100,000 worth of donations to benefit individuals impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Treatment Supervisor Kim Carver said less than 24 hours after her daughter posted a call for help on Facebook, $2,300 had already been raised in cash donations.

“Within seven minutes of the initial post we got a donation of $200,” Carver said.

Responses just snowballed from there, she said.

“Our clients are amazing,” she said. “We can't thank them enough; they have been a huge blessing.”

Medical supplies have been purchased and feed stores in and near the county donated feed for dogs, cats, cattle and horses.

“Halters, horse blankets and other equipment were given,” Carver said. “Even 62 bales of hay are in transport now — some to hurricane victims in Texas and some to help in Montana.”

She said some of the donations are being coordinated and distributed through a partnership effort with TK Farrier Service, of Spring Texas, and Texas Equine Therapy, Georgetown.

Carver said she had a couple stops along the way, like Wynnewood, to pick up even more contributions.

“On our first trip south we had a three-horse slant trailer packed full of donations,” Carver said.

She said another haul to Texas is planned Tuesday afternoon.

Carver said Steward's friend and Shawnee resident Jim Kinnamon, formerly of the nonprofit Amazing Grace, donated more than $85,000-worth of wheelchairs and walkers.

Since they are making a trip to Texas, a couple of the chairs are being delivered — as promised — to two girls with medical issues, Carver said.

“In those two particular cases, they aren't hurricane victims, but they are in dire need of these chairs,” she said. “Donations are being dispersed in several directions.”

Steward and his wife, Gay, donated more than $2,000 to the drive — and now they’re donating a Ford F350 dually extended-cab pickup truck, a 32-foot Jayco travel trailer and Onan generator to Galilee Baptist Church in Shawnee, to be gifted to a Texas family that lost everything.

“I rarely used the truck and hadn't used the trailer in five years,” Steward said. “My friend Dale Smith, from Country Auto, fixed the broken headlights and changed the oil.”

The truck-and-trailer donation is the culmination of time, funds, materials and the effort of many in the Shawnee community, including the staff at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center, Fred’s Tire and Battery, the Shawnee Animal Hospital staff, Country Auto and help from Galilee Baptist Church, Steward said.

He said the truck is gassed up and the trailer is stocked with things like dishes, as well as a generator.

“It's ready to go,” he said.

He said though the group of local donors don't personally know the family, he knows the flooding took everything the family had — and that's all they needed to know.

“We wanted this help to go to someone in real need,” Steward said.

He said the recipients, Allen and Connie Etheredge, couldn't leave work to retrieve their new home, but a friend was scheduled to pick it up from Steward early Saturday morning.

“Allen, from what I've been told, is an electrician who is about 60 years old, and was down there with his family — living onsite for work,” he said. “He's trying desperately to provide for his family. We hope to pass on the blessings we have been given.”

Steward said the effort has been an opportunity to bring the community together for a good cause.

“We’re giving because we’ve been so blessed ourselves, and we feel for all of the victims that have lost their homes and their animals,” Steward said. “We try to put ourselves in their shoes, and think how we would feel. It chokes me up just thinking about how tough it is for [them]. We would want someone to help us.”

Steward has worked at Shawnee Animal Hospital for more than 38 years and serves as the on-call veterinarian for the Expo’s major equine events including the International Finals Youth Rodeo and Triangle Sales.

Carver said donations will be accepted for as long as they are offered.

To donate, visit the clinic or call (405) 275-0990.