Thank you all so very much! My grandfather just spent his first night in his new trailer and he could not be more excited. Please make sure to read our latest update below, and here is a picture of him taken yesterday beside his new home!
My grandfather, Hewitt Bauguss, Sr., recently lost his home (a travel trailer he has lived in since 2001) due to the devastating floods brought on by Hurricane Harvey. He is a 95 year old World War II veteran who served in both the Army Air Corps and later in the National Guard. Despite his age, he has remained active and independent living in his trailer along the Brazos River in Brazoria, Texas. Getting by on only his modest Social Security check each month, he has been unable to afford new housing after the rising flood waters overtook his home and belongings. He does have insurance but due to the age of his trailer (16 years) the proceeds will be prorated. This will not be near enough to even afford a used trailer for him to live in.
We had originally hoped to salvage his trailer and make enough repairs that he could continue to stay in the home he loves so much. Yesterday was our first chance to truly assess the damage and we quickly came to the realization that his trailer is uninhabitable. The water damage made it throughout the trailer and the mold smell was overwhelming. My grandfather was devastated and a broken man.
We are reaching out to the community with the hope that we can raise enough money for a simple travel trailer that he can call home again. Any additional funds will go towards replacing clothes, groceries, and other essential items to get him back on his feet.
For those who may have questions as to who I am, my name is Kourtney Rodefeld and I am from Angleton, Texas. I am Hewitt Bauguss' granddaughter and I live only 20 minutes from where he lives and I visit him weekly along with my mother to help out on his trips to the grocery store. Although I am managing his campaign and will be withdrawing the funds for him, they will be immediately transferred into his bank account.
September 14th Update:
My grandfather was recently interviewed by the Brazosport Facts. If you would like to view the article, click here to view it on their website!