HOUSTON, Texas, USA— After the tropical storm Harvey in Texas, box trucks, cleaning supplies and manpower from all corners of the country have now descended into Southeast Texas. This week volunteers from United Sikhs will assist residents as they begin the long road to recovery in the aftermath of tropical storm Harvey.
“Many of our volunteers have taken time off of work to come out and help. They realize the need is just that great. Neighborhoods look more like lakes, and the stores have become mini pools of contaminated water. We’re in the beginning phases of a recovery effort that may take years to overcome,” Gurvinder Singh of United Sikhs said.
The strategy had been to adopt neighborhoods so after a little research, volunteers identified three neighborhoods that have been either overlooked or have received little assistance. Neighborhoods like French Chateau, which are still under as much as five feet of water. Over the weekend, volunteers there set up a distribution site outside of one woman’s home and invited neighbors to come and pick up supplies and other goods there.
“Our teams are going around to various sites and shelters and are finding that there is a great need of cleaning supplies and personal hygiene kits, so that’s what we’ve purchased. We’re requesting each person to make donation today by texting HOUSTON2017 to 91999,” Singh said.
Over the weekend volunteers provided 2,500 hot meals to storm victims and made three dozen runs to various shelters and churches.
“This week the focus will be clean up and medical assistance. We are calling on volunteers who specialize in medicine and/or construction to come out and assist us with removing drywall, installation, and cleaning up from the mold accumulation. We also need medical professionals to assist with medical camps and triage.”