Rebuilding After The Storm

We all remember the devastation that Hurricane Harvey delivered on August 17 – September 3 2017, breaking the previous record set by Hurricane Katrina, inflicting nearly $200 billion in damage. Many in the southeast Texas town of Port Arthur were left homeless and displaced for months after the storm, it was a traumatizing experience especially for the children. In the month that followed NewJacks.net started the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to take  donations for the people affected in Port Arthur Texas. NewJacks.net raised around $500 and gave it to Brooks Haven Learning Center, a early learning center for children. I recently spoke to the owner of the center Mrs.Brooks  about the troubles the center encountered during and after the storm.

Floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey surround homes and businesses in Port Arthur, Texas, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

 

“The floors, carpet and walls were destroyed by the flood waters. We had to close for about 3 weeks. Our kids homes were also destroyed, most of them are displaced still. We couldn’t get the city to come out and reinspect on time, and the cities lines were backed up into our building. The state couldn’t give us the ok to reopen until everything was fixed. Which we are just opening this week so that’s almost 3 months. So it took 3 months for the large building to reopen and 3 weeks for the small building. A lot of the children were really sad because they lost everything. Some of them couldn’t even come back. A lot were evacuated to Dallas and Austin so they’re without everything that they know and love. The children were so excited when they saw all the new items, you should of seen the look on their faces.”

 

 NewJacks.net and Brooks Haven Learning Center would like to thank all that donated and  appreciate your help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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