In a matter of hours, Nancy Westmoreland and her family lost everything but each other. Hurricane Harvey had its way with their home in Meyerland, Houston, TX. And by everything, I mean everything. Their cars were flooded and are of no use anymore, and their belongings soaked and lost to the water - some of which was sewer water. The water got so high so quickly that Mrs. Westmoreland was forced to go up into her attic until the Coast Guard was able to make it to her home to rescue her from the rapidly elevating water. She and her son were then taken to the George R. Brown Convention Center where they stayed for several days with thousands of others.
What they came home to was muck. The house they'd lived in for 25+ years was no more but water, rotting and molding wood, bugs, mud and... other nastiness, and destroyed belongings. So far, they've spent a week cleaning out the house and scrubbing and saving what they can, which is very little. The Westmoreland Clan suffered in 2015 and 2016 when the house had been flooded before, but this was the worst of all three floods. While the house had already been gutted and was pending improvements to prevent further damage from another flood, it was still livable. Unfortunately, Harvey ruined any hope for future improvements and took what little they had left. After a debate, the family's consensus was that the Westmoreland house was no longer livable and that demolition was likely in its future. It would be cleaned up and sold as is.
I spent only two days this past weekend with the family helping them where I could with a fantastic group of friends who donated not only their time and physical labor, but money, too, and it was only after a suggestion from Tim's coworker that I decided perhaps a GoFundMe account would benefit this wonderful family who wouldn't hesitate to help someone less fortunate than themselves. They are a selfless family - one who won't ask for help.
That's where I come in. :) Tim's longterm girlfriend who considers this family a part of my own.
While helping with the house, I overheard that Grandma, Mrs. Westmoreland, will have to find a hotel paid for by FEMA for the next month or so. The next step is to find her a place to live and a car. Tim has already set to finding Grandma a car, but the hotel and a place to live will be a little harder to find - Tim's mom was set to task on that. This will, undoubtedly, cost money, money that has been spent thus far on the cleaning and further gutting of the home. My concern now rests in making sure Grandma is taken care of and that includes finding a place to live and having the money to afford to do so while she fights with insurance and attempts to get FEMA's support with thousands of others who have suffered as well.
So here I am - asking for help in raising money to ensure that Tim's Grandmother doesn't have to worry, doesn't have to fret, about the one thing everyone constantly worries about: funds to ensure that she can survive - groceries, a roof over her head, medications, clothes, etc. etc. etc. I am asking not only my friends and family for help, but Tim's, too. As many know, Tim and I have been together for eight years now and through these years, I've seen how much he's done for others, how his family instilled the same selfless ideals onto him and how he carries those out. He puts others before himself even if it's slightly detremential to himself (and I can admit, I've probably lectured him for such a trait, which rightly falls on deaf ears).
So, I ask, and end this long summary (I guess it's not a summary anymore, huh?), that if Tim or his family has helped you in some way, or if you read this and decide, "Shoot, I don't have much, but want to help", I ask that you do. Every little bit helps, even if it's something like a phone call to see how they're doing or stopping by to help or if it's a dollar to this account. I know any act of kindness would mean the world to them, and darnit, they deserve it. :)
Oh. And a little proof, so people don't think I'm jackin' with 'em:
oh and a group photo just because :) Tim and I would not have gotten as much done on the house without their help. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <3
- Eriana Garner
- Kat Nondorf
Organizer and beneficiary
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