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Galveston non-profits plan Hurricane Harvey recovery outreach
by Ruth Ann Ruiz
Saturday, September 02, 2017


Galveston Non-ProfitsRepresentatives from Galveston non-profits and local leaders met on Thursday to plan for a Hurricane Harvey recovery outreach. Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce and Aaron Sander, pastor of Coastal Community Church organized the “recovery meeting” event. Close to 20 non-profit organizations attended the roundtable meeting hosted by Rosemary Doolin and Tino Gonzalez at Sea Star Base in Galveston.

It is anticipated that there will be many evacuees staying in temporary locations throughout the city of Galveston who will need assistance.

GRCC president Gina Spagnola explained to the group that there are many chambers of commerce across the country standing ready to help. GRCC will communicate the list of needs to the other chambers.

Texas, State Representative Wayne Faircloth fought  back his own emotions as he spoke of losing a staff member to a fallen tree in Jasper Texas. He assured everyone that there is no such thing as a September 1st deadline for filing an insurance claim. “It’s just malarkey,” he said of the rumor.

Each organization highlighted their cause and their greatest need. The needs ranged from diapers to blankets to medical equipment and food and water. The dialogue included one non-profit asking for the name of a FEMA representative. Another person responded with contact information.

The need for one central warehouse that will serve for both collection and distribution of items evacuees from Hurricane Harvey will need emerged from the discussion. And a forklift is needed at the warehouse.

Kelly de Shaun, Executive Director of Galveston Park Board of Trustees, offered a bit of sunshine in all the tragedy. “The sand did what it was supposed to do, it broke up the dynamics of the storm,” she said in reference to the sand that had been used to refurbish Galveston beaches throughout the winter and spring months of 2017.





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