While his wife is in recovery from a series of back surgeries, Bryan's family has been living on a single income. As if the struggle of medication costs, and medical bills were not enough for this family to endure, the impact of Hurricane Harvey resulting in the loss of nearly all of their possessions has left them in desperate need of financial assistance.
Although he, his wife, and their child have temporary shelter at the moment, they are still in need of a more permanent living space as soon as possible. Their son will be returning to school next week, and any sense of routine and normalcy they can give to him, the better. Hurricane Harvey has left this family in a dire financial situation with the loss of both vehicles, and their home. It is critical that Bryan obtain a place to live and a vehicle to get to and from his place of employment. Additionally, with their family being displaced by the storm, their son is no longer able to ride the bus to and from school, making the need for a vehicle even greater. Therefore, it is with the humblest of hearts that we ask for your assistance in helping this family.
On Saturday, August 26, Bryan was unable to sleep as Harvey began to approach the Greater Houston area. As midnight approached, Bryan helplessly watched as the flood waters creeped closer and closer to his single-story house. Very quickly it became clear that the continuous deluge was overwhelming the neighboring bayou and that his own home was in imminent risk of serious flooding. As he realized the safety of his family required immediately evacuation, Bryan woke his wife and eight year old child and as they rose from the bed they felt the first effects of the flood inside their house when they felt the moist squish of the carpet beneath their feet. They began stuffing whatever belongings they could fit into a large trash bag but the water continued to rapidly elevate from their toes to their shins and to above their knees. They were unable to locate their shoes in the waters and in the dark house, so they grabbed their bag of belongings and, with bare feet and the water climbing to their wastes, they made their way to the elevated highway that ran by the house. Bryan had called his mother to pick them up, but the flood had come so fast and so strong that her pickup truck was unable to reach them. Fortunately, some kind strangers noticed the family stranded on the highway at 2:30 in the morning as the winds and rain were strengthening. The strangers were able to drive Bryan and his family to a gas station that seemed to be safe from the storm and the family waited the night out. When day broke and the harshest part of the storm had past, the roads were still impassable. With no other recourse, Bryan and has family walked, down the flooded streets, the three or four miles to his mother’s house. Though his family came out of the ordeal with no injuries, they were harried and lost nearly everything they owned. By the time it was over, the house had taken over 50 inches of water, destroying 90% of their belongings. Their two cars were also completely flooded. Pictures below show what Bryan came back to a few days later, to survey the damage.
Please consider donating what amount you can spare to assist Bryan and his family overcome such a significant loss and to attempt a return to some level normalcy in their lives.
Edit: All donations will go directly to from gofundme.com to Bryan's bank account.
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