The O'Loughlin's Harvey Relief Fund

As you know by now, Hurricane Harvey has hit Houston hard, affecting many families – including my brother’s.  On Monday, August 28th, Sean O’Loughlin and his wife Jenni were evacuated from their flooding family home, along with their 3 gorgeous children, and their much-loved dogs. Jenni’s Facebook videos of their “great escape” from the event went viral in Ireland, after being linked to by numerous news outlets such as the two below:

Sean & Jenni's story in the Irish Independent

RTE (Irelands national TV station) - shares the story and video

We are all so thankful that Sean and his family made it out safely, and that they have been taken in by friends who generously opened their doors to them when they had nowhere else to go.

Unfortunately, now that the water has gone down, and Sean and Jenni have been able to return to their house to assess the damage, we are beginning to see just how much they have lost. Pretty much everything on the first floor will need to be torn down and replaced. They have also lost their cars and countless material belongings – including appliances, food, furniture and many of the children’s toys.

Despite this, Sean and Jenni are amazingly positive. They know how lucky they are to have their family safe and well, and to have so many fantastic friends, neighbours around them as they begin the long process of rebuilding their home and their lives.  Many other friends and family, particularly those who live further away, have been reaching out wondering how they can help.

We have set up this GoFundMe page as a way to consolidate those efforts – but please know how incredibly thankful the O’Loughlin family are for your prayers and good wishes. If that’s what you can give, you’re already offering the most valuable support possible and they truly appreciate it.

If you are able to help in a material way, the most impactful thing you can do is financially contribute to their recovery journey. There are many  needs coming up faster than they can think to ask for. The money we gather here will be used to support their immediate needs as they arise, and to help them as they begin to rebuild their home.

Thank you for your support, prayers, and well-wishes. Sean and Jenni appreciate them more than you could ever know (and so do the rest of us)!

The cleanup has begun now the flooding has ended.

* Transparency information (because unfortunately there are those who take advantage of people's generosity): My name is Roisin Butler, and I am Sean’s sister. I'm living in New York, and am in touch with family and friends offering support to Sean and Jenni. This GoFundMe page has been set up as a way to consolidate that support. Sean and Jenni are set up as the sole beneficiaries of this GoFundMe account, with access to directly withdraw donations.*


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Róisín O'Loughlin Butler 
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Sean O'Loughlin 
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