I had a troubled sleep again last night. My college friend Meredith Baskin Segal and her family have sheltered in place through Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas.
“So far! My sister flooded and we are all together at my house,” Meredith said.
The family had no electricity, but thanks to a neighbor borrowed a generator to run the refrigerator and a lamp.
“And thanks to our generator, I have coffee!!!”, she said.
“We’re holding steady! We could be much worse!”
With that news I breathed a long sigh of relief and my thoughts turned of her being the unofficial Worcester State Rugby Team videographer.
“My mom still tells everyone the story of how I was showing you all the rugby video I shot and I left a note on the front door for her saying that I had 13 rugby boys in my room!”
“Hurricanes suck!,” Meredith said. “They start off as an exciting adventure and then get old very quickly!
As of this morning about one third of the homes and businesses of our nations 4th largest city are under water. In some areas of Greater Houston more than 4 feet of rain has fallen.
To put that into perspective, The National Weather Service was forced to re-classify their color coding system because they didn’t have a color representing the amount of water that has come ashore.
Photographs and news footage shows entire neighborhoods and highways completely submerged. Dams, causeways and aqueducts are bulging at their seams and are letting go.
Meredith is Women’s Philanthropy Director at Jewish Federation of Greater Houston.
Yesterday, she and her family gathered donations at her house of cleaning supplies, boxes, non perishables, baby formula, diapers, medicines and elderly needs.
“Proud of my baby girl, Zoe! She gathered all of her Tzedakah money and counted it up to donate to the Jewish Federation flood relief fund. She will be donating $94!,” Meredith said. “She is now gathering shoes and clothing for donation.”
Jewish Federation of Greater Houston is Open Today
The Jewish Federation is open today and working with community partners the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston and Jewish Family Service of Houston to begin the recovery process.
WE NEED DONATIONS!
We need boxes, packing supplies, cleaning supplies (including face masks & garbage bags), water, non-perishable food items, baby formula, diapers, wipes, medicines and elderly items.
Donations can be dropped off at the ERJCC Tennis Center Thursday-Sunday from 9-5.
We will also eventually need gift cards to Home Depot, Lowes, Target and grocery stores.
**We are not accepting clothing! Clothing and shoes should be taken to the Westbury Christian Church.
***Please note that JFS is coordinating volunteers. Please contact them directly to volunteer.
Volunteers are asked to call (713) 667-9336. For national giving visit http://www.shalomdc.org