POST HARVEY –REBUILD HOUSTON
I am from England, my wife from Trinidad and we made Houston our second home. For the last five days hunkered down in our home in the Spring area, battered by wind gusts and practically constant rain; we watched, almost around the clock, FOX NEWS relaying all the tragic events that unfolded in Houston and the surrounding areas.
We watched how Houston’s roads and highways were transformed into a series of waterways and bodies of water and the devastation it has caused to HOMES, which forced residents to evacuate to save their lives, but sadly lose their homes and personal property to the floodwaters courtesy of Hurricane Harvey.
Watching the newscasts and the many reports of subdivision after subdivision being advised to voluntarily evacuate or were under mandatory evacuation, and realizing these subdivisions are closer and closer to your home is not a pleasant feeling. The song by the Clash came to mind many times: “Should I stay or Should I Go?”.
In the end, my wife and I were truly blessed. We stayed. Our home, thankfully remained flood free. I thoroughly enjoyed the sight of blue sky for a few minutes and a suggestion of sunshine at 6pm Tuesday evening. At that time I calculated we had experienced the effects of Hurricane Harvey for well over 100 hours.
The other amazing images we saw, were the unselfish, generous and brave acts of all the volunteer rescuers supporting the official rescue crews who were doing an outstanding job considering the circumstances. Since I don’t have a boat, I asked myself how my wife and I can help. This fundraising idea is what I came up with.
I am thankful that our home was not affected by
a) The winds of Hurricane Harvey;
b) The many, many tornadoes that touched down; and
c) The floodwaters.
I am reaching out to all the Texas residents whose place of living were miraculously protected from all the above, and to donate; so that all the residents who did get affected can start rebuilding their lives that were so rudely interrupted by Hurricane Harvey.
My birthday was on Thursday – August 24 – before Harvey hit landfall and it will be a birthday I will never, ever forget. The best gift I received was my wife and I, and our home were kept save and dry. So I want to donate a gift to Houston and all its affected residents. I am starting this fundraiser with my donation of $1,000.
I am hoping if 10,000 unscathed homes donate just $100 then that is a cool $1MILLION raised.
And I have another idea….I heard on the news last night THE MORTGAGE COMPANIES may relieve affected residents 3 months payments to enable them to get back on their feet. Just think if the mortgage companies waived ONE PAYMENT of all the mortgages to homeowners that were not affected by Hurricane Harvey, and donated: how much that would raise to help rebuild HOUSTON!
My wife and I send all our thoughts and prayers to all affected residents and rescuers. Stay safe and let’s move forward and rebuild Houston
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