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Fort Bend County Residents Help Each Other after Hurricane Harvey


Members of the National Guard at Sugar Land Regional Airport received meals made by Linda Kraner and her family and friends. Shown with Guard members are (l-r) Lucas Kraner, Katie Kraner, Linda Kraner, Melissa Evans, Christina Pendleton and Heather Evans.

Members of the National Guard at Sugar Land Regional Airport received meals made by Linda Kraner and her family and friends. Shown with Guard members are (l-r) Lucas Kraner, Katie Kraner, Linda Kraner, Melissa Evans, Christina Pendleton and Heather Evans.

Community Efforts Continue For Those In Need

Days of rain from Hurricane Harvey and resulting floodwaters that forced 200,000 local residents to evacuate might have damped our spirits, but the situation also brought out the best in many Fort Bend County residents. Countless first responders, the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management, team members from local city governments and other entities worked around the clock to protect us and deserve our thanks. Here are just a few of other “good news” stories that came our way.

 

Volunteers Helped Remove Debris.

Volunteers helped remove debris and trash, in addition to helping the City of Sugar Land Parks Department replace many broken boards on the boardwalk at Cullinan Park Conservancy.

 

Friends Cook For National Guard.

Linda Jow Kraner, senior sales manager at Alamo Title, along with several friends cooked for several days and on Labor Day took the food to 200-plus National Guard members at Sugar Land Regional Airport and Ellington Airport. She and her friends got all the ingredients and prepped all the items to cook more than 26 pounds of chicken spaghetti, six trays of Kraner’s jalapeno salad, and lots of desserts including 175 homemade cookies by Shannon Seamonds. As Kraner wrote on Facebook, “It truly takes a village to get it done.”

 

Man Evacuates People From Floodwaters.

Mario Gutierrez is the director at Inspired Living, a new senior living center in Riverstone. One of his coworkers reports that he helped numerous people get out of floodwaters and opened his home to a 78-year-old stranger, and praised him: “My family and I are so very grateful to Mario, who never hesitated or wavered in his mission to evacuate my son-in-law from the rising waters. We really don’t know what would have happened if he didn’t jump in.”

 

Sweet Tomatoes Offered Free Meals.

The Houston area Sweet Tomatoes restaurants offered free meals to first responders and other volunteers through Sept. 15, donated 50 cases of bottled water to Bethel’s Heavenly Hands located near its flood-distressed Stafford location, and matched up to $100,000 for every dollar donated by guests. The company will continue to monitor Stafford shelters and will truck in more bottled water as needed.

 

First Responders Get Assistance.

Behind the Badge Charities is offering assistance to any Fort Bend County first responder who was personally affected by flooding, such as damage to their home or vehicle as a result of flooding. Visit its website, behindthebadgecharities.org. The group is also collecting donations to assist with its recovery efforts.

 

Riverstone Assisted Recovery Efforts.

The Riverstone community group, Riverstone Cares, assisted recovery efforts by setting up areas for supply drop-off and pick-up, coordinating community volunteers, setting up a community information meeting, and sharing resources regarding recovery steps for flooded homes.

 

Veritas Steak And Seafood Restaurant Invites First Responders To Dinner.

Kevin Rios and other staff at Veritas Steak and Seafood Restaurant invited first responders to come for dinner. They were thrilled when 35 military personnel showed up on Sept. 8 and were greeted by applause from other restaurant guests.

 

Sugar Creek Baptist Church Mobilized Over 1,200 Volunteers To Help Clean Homes.

Sugar Creek Baptist Church mobilized its Sugar Creek’s Love Loud Harvey Relief with more than 1,200 Sugar Creek volunteers representing over 9,600 labor hours saving homeowners thousands of dollars by conducting muckout/cleanout of over 140 homes. It plans to continue these efforts needed, particularly the homes of church members and neighbors in Rosharon, Angleton, Rosenberg and Wharton. It will also initiate the next step of cleanout and mold-remediation in all the homes in the immediate community where it conducted the muckouts.

 

Harvey Relief Festival Held.

KCAM Contemporary Art Museum Fort Bend and Art in the Park hosted a Harvey Relief Festival of Hope along with Willow Fork Drainage District and other community partners. School and art supplies, nonperishable food and other items were collected for those affected by the flood.

 

School Districts Help Families Recover.

To assist families recovering from the effects of Hurricane Harvey, Fort Bend ISD partnered with area businesses and organizations to establish locations where community members may bring donations and families affected by the storm may receive items they need. Visit fortbendisd.com for location information. Lamar CISD students and parents can find out about similar efforts at lcisd.org or by calling 832-223-0000.

 

Danielle and Jesse welcome their new son.

One rainbow at the end of the storm: parents Danielle and Jesse Hester of Missouri City were assisted by several friends and neighbors to make their son’s homebirth happen. A friend with a high truck drove in to take them to a home where the midwife from Houston was able to meet them. Lincoln Blond Hester was born at 9:57 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 29.

 

Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce establishes recovery fund.

The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce has established the Fort Bend Forward Harvey Recovery Fund to raise financial resources to disburse to nonprofit organizations serving flood victims in our community. All donations received will have a direct impact on the community. Donors may request that their contribution be directed to a specific city within Fort Bend County. For more information visit fortbendchamber.com.

Fort Bend Christian Academy raised money to benefit families.

More than $33,000 was raised for the Fort Bend Christian Academy Disaster Relief Fund, which will directly benefit FBCA families, faculty and staff affected by the storm. FBCA partnered with Second Mile Mission Center, an organization that helps Fort Bend County residents in poverty and crisis, and FBCA accepted physical donations such as cleaning supplies at its Sept. 8 Eagle Extravaganza event. “FBCA Strong” t-shirts were available for purchase and cash donations were also accepted at the gate. Every donation — regardless of the size — made a difference. Fifth-grade students Brianna Lemon, Ashley Huber and Sophia Polasek made and sold jewelry and glow-in-the-dark figurines at the event. They raised $30 and saved $10 to buy more craft supplies and continue to raise money for the fund.

 

Military personnel were treated to dinner at Veritas Steak and Seafood Restaurant.

Military personnel were treated to dinner at Veritas Steak and Seafood Restaurant.

 

Jake Thomas of Sugar Creek Baptist Church was among its many volunteers helping homeowners in Riverstone.

Jake Thomas of Sugar Creek Baptist Church was among its many volunteers helping homeowners in Riverstone.

 

Newborn Lincoln Blond Hester arrived safely during the storm (shown with his mom Danielle).

Newborn Lincoln Blond Hester arrived safely during the storm (shown with his mom Danielle).

 

Fort Bend Christian Academy students were among those who helped raise funds at the school’s 2017 Eagle Extravaganza.

Fort Bend Christian Academy students were among those who helped raise funds at the school’s 2017 Eagle Extravaganza.


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