What would you do if a monster storm ripped through your home?
When I asked this of
Analisa, a resident of Rockport, TX, she simply cried.
On August 25th, Category 4 Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Rockport TX. The estimated 130 miles an hour sustained winds created a 13-foot-high storm surge that swept away everything in the way of its’ path. To compound the initial impact, this monster storm dropped more inches of rain in a week’s time than this area would normally receive in a year.
During the onslaught of the storm, Analisa lost everything. As the days went on, finding food and clean water was becoming a problem. A group of volunteers from Indianapolis, IN traveled down to the eastern cost to serve those in need. A team of 8 people drove more than 20 hours to Rockport, TX to assist those impacted by the storm.
The team partnered with Mercy Chefs, which is a Christian relief agency that principally focuses on providing meals to individuals impacted by natural disasters and national emergencies. While in Rockport, Mercy Chef severed over 100,000 free meals. The Indianapolis team was able to assist with delivering meals to victims stuck in their homes.
This is where the team met Analisa. She had made it through the storm and was trying to access the aftermath. In her words, “my roof and walls evaporated or were blown 2 blocks over. The only thing that was untouched was my cross on the wall and my bible next to my bed.”
Document Mountain by Cornerstone was blessed to be able to assist with the team from Indianapolis, IN financially and by sending team members. In addition to delivering more than 300 meals over a 3-day period, they also provide more than 2,000 pounds of beef and pork to be barbequed, 30 generators for those without power, 800 pairs of work gloves, 1,200 homemade cookies as well as hundreds of cold drinks.
Hurricane Harvey was a monstrous storm that left thousands of people homeless. Without the donated time and effort of these groups, hope may have been lost.