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Raise Your Hand to Volunteering

volunteer quote2Picking the right volunteer position for us was much harder than we ever imagined it would be. It’s a personal or maybe spiritual decision for everyone. The purpose of this blog isn’t to bash or negate any certain organization, but when you actually dive into the research of how much goes back to the people, you will be shocked to find out the percentages that never, trickle down to the real, living, breathing humans, and how much never leaves the upper chains pockets. We did so much research and wanted to find an organization with 2 thoughts in mind. #1, dollar for dollar went to the people and #2, we could be involved in talking, hugging and helping the local people directly. We chose RVDC (RV Disaster Corp). Check out their videos, and their website for more information.  Click here to check out their website

We arrived in Port Aransas,TX in early December. Not knowing the area or anyone in the city. Watching the devastation on the news is one thing. Seeing it 4 months after the event, having preconceived ideas that “my gosh, it’s been 4 months, it must be better now” … that’s another. 

BlogPort2Houses aren’t still falling down … they took care of those right? All the people must have everything they need to survive by now … right? Driving through Port A was humbling, sad, and devastating. The piles and piles throughout the neighborhoods liter the sidewalks. The median on the highway through Rockport has been set up as a staging around for the debris. 

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The houses … 85% of them missing floors, roofs, ceilings, half falling down, or just a shell at this point. All you can do is repeat “Oh My God” as you drive. We arrived just before Christmas, so the first couple days we were there we helped organize a Christmas party at the community center for the kids. Many new toy donations came in. Books, games, Legos, and Nerf guns. Barbies, dolls, baby toys, make-up and jewelry kits. I overheard one beautiful woman tell her husband how she found the one toy her 1 year old had lost in the house which was his favorite. They lost everything. (They had only 45 minutes to leave their home and literally left with what was in their hands at the time) Her face smiling like she’d just been given the most amazing thing in the world. The kids ran around in the fake foam snow that blew out of the machine that night, stuffing cookies into their mouths after delivering letters to Santa, being loud and carefree. Not a care in the world. Resilience is beautiful! Yet most likely every one of them went home to a tent on the ground at the beach, or an RV as their temporary home. Most of Port A residence are living in tents, cars or RV’s if they are still there.

 

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If they had the means, they left. But so many of them did not. We hugged crying people as they showed us their home barely still standing. Explaining how looters had taken everything that Hurricane Harvey had not. Insurance was much too expensive for most to afford. Between most companies not writing insurance in Port A, and the company or two who still agreed to write insurance for them, but at a very hefty price.

Flood insurance being another luxury to afford.

BlogPort6Most people did not carry any insurance. If they carried one but not the other, some of the loopholes have swallowed them and there was no coverage. It made me completely embarrassed to be an insurance agent. In fact I never offered any advice, and never admitted that I was indeed an insurance agent. How dare these companies putting these people through this. How dare them not make these people understand what they did purchase, and what they didn’t purchase. I won’t name any certain company but there is one Texas state run Insurance company that writes most of the island’s properties and they ought to be completely ashamed of themselves.

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What we didn’t expect was to walk away with the feeling that we got something more than we gave. We thought after our 3 week stay we would be anxious to leave and get back on the road. It was just the opposite. We both wanted to stay longer! We have made new life long friends.

 

 

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Port A Donations and Distributions. Where everyone came to donate, or get what they needed. No cost involved! Bobbie opened up her own, destroyed home to help the community. Her community.

If you want to donate to Port A and be certain that every penny gets to the people who need it, please go to this link

 

PLEASE WATCH OUR VIDEO WE CREATED IN HOPES TO HELP GET SOME DONATIONS WHERE THEY NEEDED TO GO!!

REMEMBER:

You have never really lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you. 

 

 

16 thoughts on “Raise Your Hand to Volunteering”

  1. This is incredibly heart wrenching. We had a MINOR flood in PART of our home and the issues we are still facing a month later is NOTHING compared to this. I am so sorry for these folks and the sham insurence they thought they could rely on but couldnt.

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  2. YES, YES, YES!! I’m the volunteer social media director of Student Unity Project (www.studentunityproject.com), an anti-bullying charity based in Canada. It’s such a fulfilling role to have in my life, as I feel I’m making a huge positive impact on the world. I’m actually going to an event for it this evening in downtown Toronto. 🙂

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  3. Thank you! Living through Hurricane Katrina here in New Orleans, I know how those people in Port A feel. It was tough and a very very very very long time to recover visually not to mention the mental aspects that still haunt many here.
    But what I will always remember is all the people who were just there for us. Of course, we needed supplies, clothes, Money, food, and other stuff. But sometimes we just needed to see people doing good…offering a smile…recognizing us. That was worth more than I can ever repay.
    I am glad you were able to offer such a valuable gift to the People affected by Hurricane Harvey..the Gift of yourself!

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