Our Port Aransas / Rockport Beach Vacation, Hurricane Harvey, & How We Can Help
As you may know, we recently took a family vacation to Port Aransas and Rockport Beach. We returned from that trip last Tuesday and by Thursday night I had a full blog post ready to go, detailing all of the fun adventures, good food, and beach time that we enjoyed on our trip. Then, Hurricane Harvey happened. Suddenly my post didn’t seem appropriate at all so I scrapped it and began working on a new post for the week. In the middle of doing that I started to realize that I can’t just ignore the fact that Harvey happened and move on to something else; I mean, I could but I didn’t exactly feel right about it. So let’s talk about our trip real quick and then get to the important part of how we can all help with recovery/relief efforts.
Port A is about three hours from San Antonio, which we found totally doable with three young children. Last year we went to South Padre Island for our vacation and for comparison’s sake, it’s about five hours away. Port A, to me, felt like a sleepy little beach town …which I loved! This might have been because we went the last week of summer; it’s probably a totally different place at Spring Break or at the peak of summer. Our time in Port A was just perfect: the weather was beautiful, the coastal breezes were constant, there was minimal traffic, the food was great, and the locals were amazingly friendly and helpful. Rockport Beach was really just the same but the beach there was a bit more “pebbly” than Port A, the waves were smaller, and it had playgrounds, a salt water pool, grills, gazebos, full bathrooms with showers, etc for beachgoers to use. This vacation was a great one for us and we headed home on Tuesday with such full hearts; feeling renewed, relaxed, and blessed that we had been able to make such memories with our children and their Nonna and Papa.
It really wasn’t until we were on our way home that we even heard about Hurricane Harvey. Then Saturday night, he came ashore with a vengeance…centered right on Port Aransas and Rockport. These two beautiful beach towns that we had enjoyed so much just a few days before were completely changed. Then he moved on to Houston and the flooding there has been catastrophic and there’s likely even more to come. People have lost their homes, their cars, their businesses/livelihoods, their pets, and even family members. Can you even imagine??
I have no doubt that these communities will rebuild and probably come out even stronger than they were before, but it will take a lot of time and work to do it. Here’s how we can help:
If you’re in Houston, local law enforcement is looking for people with boats and high clearance vehicles to assist with search and rescue efforts (contact the Houston Police Department at 713-881-3100 to help).
If you’re hours away (like we are) this article from Texas Monthly includes a great overview of organizations accepting donations to provide food and relief for children, pets, people with special needs, the homeless, and evacuees requiring shelter.
If you’re in Boerne there are several ways you can help locally: Hill Country Family Services is accepting item donations at their location on Advogt as well as financial donations through their website. These items/funds go to helping those who have been displaced and are seeking support here in Kendall County. City Hills Church is currently mobilizing to develop a response and would, I'm sure, appreciate all of the hands they can get. Pipes Properties with Keller Williams Boerne has set up a collection point for items in San Antonio. HEB is accepting cash/credit donations at the registers, and Fuzzy’s Taco Shop is accepting food donations in exchange for 20% off your order. There are also several blood drives scheduled around town for the next few weeks. Go here and enter your zip code to find one near you (use ctrl + F and search for "Boerne" to find one in town).
Were you affected by Harvey and want to share your story? Are you involved in the search and rescue or relief/fundraising efforts? How can we help you?? Tell us in the comments.
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