August 29, 2017
We’ve all watched, with great emotion and a feeling of helplessness, as family, friends and fellow Texans have been faced with the frightening devastation of Hurricane Harvey. And it could still get worse. This monster has done great damage.
But Texans all over have shown, once again, their strength and the best of themselves during this terrible disaster.
I visited with some evacuees from Victoria, Edna, Rockport and elsewhere at the Delco Center over the weekend and was really moved by their resilience and positive attitude. They were incredibly thankful to have a safe, dry place, and I’m sure we’ll continue to extend a welcoming hand as more folks seek respite. Being with these people, folks showing such gratefulness in the face of so much loss, moved me, renewed me and reminded me of how we can all love each other as part of the same family.
The first responders, other public workers and members of the media have been working tirelessly for days to protect people, provide needed information and get our neighbors out of harm’s way. Reinforcements from around the country are on their way.
And then there are the caring everyday Texans who are showing up with their boats and such to ferry people to safety. Or just lending a hand in any way that’s needed or useful.
I love how compassion in immensely difficult times like this reveals the best in people. Pure, simple, sweet humanity.
What can we do?
For the rest of us, there’s plenty that we can do to ensure that communities directly affected by this far-reaching disaster have the resources they need to respond immediately and help their neighbors get back on their feet in the weeks and months to come. Here are several places that need your contributions:
Please do what you can to help and remember that the effects of this disaster will continue on for months and years to come.
Thanks and God bless our wonderful state.