Hurricane Harvey has devastated thousands of people in Houston, and the surrounding areas in Texas. Living in Houston, and seeing how many people lost everything has made this experience so real.
The guy in the picture, Travis, is a friend of mine that I met in Radiation Therapy school. Over the past two years we have really had the chance to get to know one another. Travis truly is the most selfless, giving, generous, helpful, kinda hearted and brave person I have ever met. One day in school, when I barely knew Travis, my car wouldn't start, Travis took the time out of his day, to drive to my apartment about 30 miles away, jump my car, and take it to get a new battery. He of course, wouldn't let me install it, he did it himself. When 2 of our other classmates had flat tires during the school year, Travis was the first one there to change them, and drive them to get new tires. When we didn't understand something in class, Travis was there setting up a time for all of us to meet, so he could teach us, and help us understand the material we were trying to learn in class. So when this storm hit, there was no doubt in my mind Travis would be the first one out to help those in need, even though he had lost everything in the storm as well.
Travis lost his house, those pictures are his home, flooded at one point with 6 ft of water. His children and ex wife were rescued by boat with only the clothes on their back and whatever they could stuff into small bags they could carry. Through all of this, Travis was stuck at his apartment a few miles away, unable to get out to help them due to the high flood waters. So instead of driving, he went out into the high waters, trekked to the house, swam in, and saved their pets that were left behind. The first picture is him sitting on a 6 foot fence, covered by the flood waters, rescuring the 3 dogs in his arms.
I know Travis would never make a page like this, as he never asks for anything, but I know that any help would be greatly appreciated. Yes, the home can be repaired, things lost can eventually be replaced. He and his family are safe, but his kids lost all of their clothes, toys, school supplies, everything that was in their house, and I know that I want to be the first to help him get those things back. Anything that is raised here will go directly to Travis and his family. While I know there are many who have already donated time, money, and other resources to help those in need, as there are SOOOO many who need it at this time, I want to try and help someone I know personally. My wife and I were blessed not to have sustained any loss, damage, or flooding through this, so we hope to help others who weren't as fortunate as we were. Every little bit helps, and if you have already donated to other relief funds, Thank You, because from someone living in the city of Houston, it is needed greatly.
- Anne Lawrence
- Jason Baker
- Rob Lucas
- Heather Gillespie
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