I am a Texan girl, born and raised, and am overwhelmed by the loss and destruction created by Hurricane Harry in this great place. Although I live in Austin, I have very good friends, family, and professional relationships with people who have been directly and devastatingly affected by this situation. It is through my relationships with these folks that I have become excrutiatingly aware of the need, particularly in the town of Vidor and surrounding communities.
We are actively and aggressively arranging for rebuilding and restoration materials for these folks who have little support and no access to the supplies needed to clean up and put their homes back together. Bringing in building supplies from Austin, where they are still readily available, is one option to quickly get the relief to the right people, who are desperate for help.
We are collecting funds to purchase and deliver:
Tools: Hammers, Saws, Crowbars, Scissors, Drills
All Purpose Cleaner and Rags/Mops/Scrubbers
Anything else that can be used in these efforts...
Items on this list will be purchased, by me, Robin Jackson, locally in Austin and loaded into a Uhaul truck. We are also accepting "on the ground" donations from any individuals wanting to go that route. After our truck is full, probably Monday or Tuesday of next week, we will deliver directly to the fine folks at the East Gate Pentecostal Church in Vidor, Texas. They did not flood and have been doing a fantastic job of supply distribution. They have the ability to receive our materials and the manpower to unload and store supplies. If you desire contact information directly to the church, please message me and I can give you that information.
If you are local in ATX, and wish to donate actual goods and materials, we have a way to do that too! Just message me and I will give you info on how to proceed. Or, check for an update later today, Friday September 8th, with directions on where to take your donated or purchased items to fill the truck. We will use the funds to purchase the items that we seem to have the least of when it's time to head to Vidor!
My heritage runs deep in this part of Texas. My daddy hails from Port Neches/Groves, a tiny area outside of Port Arthur that was hit hard by Harvey. My mom grew up in nearby Nederland, directly across the street from the high school football stadium in a house that is likely wiped out at this point. I appreciate your consideration of helping out this very special part of our state. They need us!
(All withdrawls made from this account on GoFundMe will come directly out of the account, and will not be used as a "reimbursement." I anticipate that these funds will underwrite the cost of the Uhaul truck, gasoline to get down there, and the cost of actual items on the list. I will be documenting all receipts and expenditures. Any of this documentation will be available....just ask! :) )
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