Help After Harvey

On Friday morning, August 25th, it started raining. It hasn’t stopped for any substantive amount of time since, until today.

We got about 7 inches in 36 hours, from Friday morning to Saturday night.

We got another 9 inches overnight Saturday.

Then we got about 15 more inches on Sunday.

Monday things slowed down a bit, maybe only 4-5 inches.

The bayous swelled and the retention ponds stopped retaining and people dashed from their homes with important papers and clothing wrapped in plastic bags. Every spare kayak and fishing boat was employed to rescue the refugees from apartment complexes and suburban McMansions alike. The weather doesn’t show favoritism. It’s just as harsh to everyone.

Photo Credit: Houston Chronicle

Phones all over four counties buzzed almost nonstop with tornado warnings and flash flood alerts. About seven million folks in the metro area cracked their knuckles in worry and bowed their heads in prayer.

Harvey, whose name I hesitate to give the dignity of mentioning, has wreaked havoc on southeast Texas. What he is leaving in his wake is historic. In an effort to modify his proportions, news anchors have employed adjectives like “biblical,” “apocalyptic,” or simply shook their heads in disbelief and tried hard not to cry.

As I type this, levees are bulging and creeks have not yet peaked. Millions of people and the watching world are all asking the same question:

“What are we going to do now?”

I can tell you, because I’m already watching it happen.

We’re going to help.

Even with the rain still pounding, volunteers began to flood the region. They brought boats and conducted rescue missions. They put on gloves and carried out soaked drywall and saturated insulation. They heated up meals, donated diapers, opened their homes, and provided medical care. They clicked “donate.”

It takes us all. The task ahead is historic in it’s scope and overwhelming to the emotions.

Our nonprofit, The 25 Group, is poised to act. You can give to our relief fund. You can also contact me if your church or community group would be open to coming to Texas to help.

The rains are almost gone. Now it’s time for a flood of volunteers. Help us after Harvey.