Teams members came together last week in Houston from NYC, Boston, New Jersey, Louisiana, and Florida to aid flood victims from hurricane Harvey.
We had promised to gut 10 houses and do mold remediation on an entire block in South Houston. We also promised 10 “packages” of appliances including stoves, refrigerators, microwaves, box fans, and blow up mattresses.
We completed the 10 houses and mold remediation.
We were able to bring 5 more appliance packages and get 6 more locally for a total of 21. After speaking to the community we were able to buy and distribute needed soft goods such as towels, underwear, kids clothing, food, baby food and formula, diapers, wipes, cleaning supplies, toys and games, and pet food. We purchased enough to go back twice and distribute.
Through our YouGiveGoods drive, we will be able to speak to our community and deliver another round of goods needed in two weeks.
These people still have a long road ahead. The trauma of escaping by boat with your life, coupled with returning and throwing away the contents of your home and everything you worked for on the street will certainly have lasting effects. The uncertainty of what comes next can’t help.
UAF will continue to be there for this community to help them get on their feet.