Harvey Help in the Church

Update: Thursday, Sept 14:

Here are two new families that need our help:

Margaret Howard (Help for her mom)
Margaret and her mom, Yaa, have planned a work day Sunday, Sept 17 at 2pm to chip out tile.
Location: Stoney Grove Loop in the Village Colony Subdivision in West Houston.
What to bring: Mask, gloves, goggles, along with shovels, sledgehammers and tile chippers if you have them.

The DelToro Family
Raul & Yolanda need help with cleanup and demo on Saturday, Sept 15. Pack a lunch and drinking water. Invite friends and family to help. Masks
and gloves will be provided. Flat-ended shovels and wheelbarrows are also helpful to bring.
Location: Robertson St. in Houston’s Northside (zip code 77009)

Vernon and Sue Lee
Location: Bauman Road in the North Houston/Aldine Area

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Update: Thursday, Sept 7:
Thank you to everyone who has helped a church family member in need, even as many of you continue being leaders in cleanup and relief efforts in your communities. Here are the latest needs in our congregation:

The DelToro Family
Raul & Yolanda need help with cleanup and demo on Saturday, Sept 9. Pack a lunch and drinking water. Invite friends and family to help. Masks
and gloves will be provided. Flat-ended shovels and wheelbarrows are also helpful to bring.
Location: Robertson St. in Houston’s Northside (zip code 77009) Call 281-580-8806 or email irma@gwc.cc for address and contact info.

The Sam Family. Ambrose & Tina plus children and grandchildren.
Friday, Sept 8 or Saturday Sept 9: Work crew needed to finish cleanup and demo of garage. (Or on Saturday only: help with childcare for any or
all of the 4 children.) Bring a mask, gloves — also a wheelbarrow, flat ended shovel, sheetrock saw, or push broom if you have these.
Location: Birchwood Dr.– off of FM 1960 @ Townsen in Humble. (call 281-580-8806 or email irma@gwc.cc for specific address)
The Sams want to thank those volunteers who have worked or supplied food, childcare and other aid. Big progress!

Do you or someone you know need relief supplies? GWC Member Susan DiAngelo’s office in Re/Max Vintage is offering zip topped bags of the following items: Roll of toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste and deodorant. Also available: bottled water, bags of cereal, vanilla wafers, graham crackers, mac and cheese, spaghetti noodles, kids drinks, drink mixes and canned goods of corn, sweet peas, tuna fish, beans, green beans and jam. Call 281-224-2533 or visit RE/MAX Vintage at 10130 Louetta Rd, Ste J, Houston, TX 77070 for pickup.

Our own Global Aid Partnership is supplying the 71,000 Kids Against Hunger meals to food banks, shelters and local churches along the Texas Gulf Coast. We are prepping to supply to Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irma as well. Do you know of a food bank, shelter or local church short of food? We want to help. Email info@globalaidusa.org or check out the website at www.globalaidusa.org for more info.

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Update: Saturday, Sept 2:
We continue to provide aid for those families in the church flooded by Hurricane Harvey. (Thank God that despite the devastation around us, it’s a very small number!) Here’s an update on our families, and what you can do now:

The Sam Family. Ambrose & Tina plus children and grandchildren.
Sunday: Bring to church old newspapers, bubble wrap, small and large boxes for packing salvaged belongings.
Any day: Offer to help keep a pair of grandchildren for a day (either the PreK and Toddler and/or the 4th grader & Kindergartener.)
Monday, Sept 4: Pack a lunch and show up with friends and family (w/ masks and gloves) to help the Sams clean out their garage and finish demo.
Location: Birchwood Dr.– off of FM 1960 @ Townsen in Humble. (call 281-580-8806 or email irma@gwc.cc for specific address)
The Sams want to thank those volunteers who have worked or supplied food, childcare and other aid. Big progress!

The DelToro Family
Raul & Yolanda will need help with cleanup and demo after Sept 7)
Location: Houston’s Northside

The Martinez Family Pete’s elderly
Coordinate with Pete or Irma to help clean up and demo this week.
Location: Far West Side, Fulshear/Simonton area

The Suechting Family Calvin & Lauri, 3 boys
Update: Cleanup complete and ready for contractors. Great job!
Location: Far West Side, Fulshear/Simonton area

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Update: Friday, Sept 1:

We appreciate the outpouring of love and support during this historic time. God bless you! Thankfully, our church building and many of our members have weathered Hurricane Harvey with little or no material damage. We have begun to get reports, though, of several members or their families whose homes or businesses have flooded. We have also received sweet offers of aid. Our goal is to connect the two.

We’ll update these lists as needs are met or new ones are received, so check back often. Here we go:

Sam Family Cleanup: Friday, Sept 1. Beginning 9AM
Location: Birchwood Dr.– off of FM 1960 @ Townsen in Humble. (call 281-580-8806 or email staff@gwc.cc for specific address)
Help for the Ambrose and Tina Sam and their adult children and grandchildren. Bring gloves and mask. Be prepped to cut and haul out drywall, small amount of carpet, ovens, spray bottles with bleach or vinegar solution.
Other helpful things you can bring to this location: snacks, food, flat-ended shovels, push brooms, wheelbarrow, flat pry bar, crowbar, hammer, contractor bags, stepladder, folding table, folding chair

Other cleanup locations:
(Call or email the church to coordinate times.)

The Suechting Family in Norchester Subdivision near SH 249 @ Cypresswood Dr. (Calvin & Lauri, 3 boys)
The DelToro Family on Houston’s Northside (Raul & Yolanda will need help cleaning up after Sept 7)
The Martinez Family (Pete’s elderly parents in Simonton) Work day: Fri, Sept 1

Offers of help:
General supplies
General lodging near the church

These items have already been covered: (THANK YOU!)
Dog foster care for 1 to 4 dogs: 2 chihuahuas, 1 pomeranian, and 1 black mouth cur (60 lbs)
School supplies for boys: Pre K, Kinder, and 4th grader
A large cooler

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As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. – Galatians 6:10

Stuff you can bring to someone whose home has just flooded

-Cases of bottled water
-Floor fans
-Old newspapers for packing
-Cases of paper towels
-Cases of toilet paper
-Cases of sanitizing wipes
-Battery powered camping lanterns
-Power strips
-Work gloves
-Pop up tables to place and stage stuff
-Step ladders
-Drop cloths
-Hammers, blade utility knives
-Sharpees of different sizes and colors
-Good first aid kit (many cuts and scraps during clean up)
-Rolls of duct tape and packing tape
-Hand sanitizer
-Plastic bins/containers of different sizes with lids
-Cardboard boxes (small, medium, and large)
-Bags (contractor, trash, gallon zip locks)
-House cleaning solvents
-Bug repellent (mosquitoes are vicious inside a hot, muggy, muddy flooded house)
-Fast Food (buy several kinds of fast foods and just leave it. Someone will eat it and be thankful)
-Boxes filled with easy to eat snacks (chips, bars, nuts, and fun stuff)
-Paper plates, plastic utensils, cups, napkins
-Prepared Foods are nice, but more complicated
-Gift cards for food (this is for a dinner after a long day, they can get take out at their hotel or temporary place instead of having to cook)
-Gift cards to Marshalls, Walmart, Lowes (they can get clothes, supplies, and other needs)
-Clean old or cheap t-shirts that can be worn as throw aways during clean up
-Clean bedding sheets, blankets, pillows

Stuff you can do

-Laundry (Just put a bunch of dirty clothes in a bag, wash, and return them folded to the family).
-Cut sheet rock, pull out flooring, and clean out house if you’re involved with initial 24 hours
-Position and maintain fans throughout house
-help sort what’s destroyed from what’s still good
-Haul what’s destroyed into piles in the yard for pick up by city
-Pack and label belongings that might still be good
-Stage “still good” boxes and load in a POD onsite; or on a rental truck for storage