Hurricane Harvey - Pruitt Family

Dear friends and family,

This past weekend, my Brother-In-Law Bryan, Sister-In-Law Christian, (Nathan’s brother and wife) and their 3 boys (Kayde, Brayden & Dayton) were devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Please take a minute to read what they have gone through and if you can help out in any way, it would mean a great deal to us but more importantly, to them.

This past Saturday afternoon, August 26th, Bryan and Christian planned to go out with some friends to watch the “big fight”. Just like any other night, they got themselves and the boys ready, said bye to their dog Nova, locked up the house and dropped off the 3 boys at their grandparents (my in-laws) house. At this point in the evening, the weather was fairly calm and the thought of what was to come could not have been imagined.


Shortly after arriving at their friends’ house, the flood warning messages started to go out and before the fight even began, the weather and become so severe that decided they needed to leave to get back to the boys. While rushing to get back, they were forced to pull into a McDonald’s parking lot to avoid the rising flood waters. Fortunately, they were able to stay in contact with the boys (and Grandma & Grandpa) but they were stranded and would end up spending the night in their car, in the McDonalds parking lot.

The next morning, knowing that the 3 boys were safe at their grandparents’ house, Bryan and Christian’s focus was figuring out how to get back to their house in hopes of rescuing their dog, Nova. The flooding was only getting worse and all hope of getting back to their home was fading. After hours of exploring options they finally met someone with a boat that was willing to take Bryan into their neighborhood to search for Nova. Bryan jumped into the boat and off they went. As he explained it, the flooding was so high, that the boat was going over cars in the street below them. Seeing how many of the houses were completely submerged, the hope that Nova survived within the locked house was all but gone. As they got closer and the reality was setting in, the boat turned a corner and Bryan spotted her sitting on a brick pillar in front of a house that was blocks away from their home. Somehow, still unknown to them, she was able to get out of the house and swim (a few blocks distance) and found this brick pillar that she was able to stand on. So miracles do happen.

(after they rescued Nova)

Now, although there was a silver lining to their story, all of their belongings have been destroyed. All that they have left is the one car that they left in that night and the clothes on their backs. And it appears that it could be well over a week before the flood waters subside and they can get back into their house to see if there is anything that can be salvaged. Fortunately, Grandma and Grandpas house is OK for now, and we pray that it remains that way. God willing it does, Bryan, Christian and the boys will have a place to stay while they try to recover from this. But, our hearts are heavy for them, especially the 3 boys who are trying to understand why they can’t go home. If anyone can help, no matter the amount, it would go a long way to help get them back on their feet (ie. clothes for the entire family, school supplies, food, furniture and much more).

Thank you and we appreciate anything you can do.

If you are wanting to donate actual items to the family, please feel free to contact me at connie.m.pruitt@gmail.com and I will provide you with any further information needed.

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    • $100 
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Connie-Marie S. Pruitt 
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Fullerton, CA
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