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Want to Help Rockport, Texas? Here’s How You Can Support Harvey Relief

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While the world focuses on the plight of Houston and much of Southeast Texas, let us not forget the place that bore the brunt of the initial landfall of Hurricane Harvey, which is the city of Rockport. At last report, having a population of just over 10,000 (United States Census 2016), many of us will not soon forget the stark images of destruction which flashed across our screens as we watched helplessly while Harvey battered Rockport without remorse.

Following the onslaught, in what was sure to be believed as a reckoning the city would not be able to withstand, residents showed resilience and determination upon returning to their homes to survey the damage (had they the opportunity to evacuate), posting the American flag in and on what was left of homes and businesses. The message of “We’ll Rebuild” has been heard loud and clear throughout the state and the country, as a number of personal, business, and organizational fundraisers have been spearheaded towards relief efforts specific to this Texas city by the sea.

Want to Help Rockport, Texas? Here’s How You Can Support Harvey Relief

Photo: Facebook/Operation Blessing International

One of the largest of these aid mechanisms is the U.S. Disaster Relief team which is a humanitarian organization deployed to Rockport in attempts to assist its residents with their cleanup process, and additional groups are following suit. Operation Blessing International is in the process of helping Rockport residents free-of-charge where their homes were badly damaged or destroyed by the storm. They’re also in the process of coordinating a local volunteer cleanup group, through which residents can complete a work request for free volunteer assistance. Priority for this service is being ordered based on need, such as elderly, sick, and disabled first, as well as ensuring the appropriate abilities of those that are volunteering, and includes such services as debris removal, sorting belongings which are salvageable, placing tarps on damaged roofs, as well as heavy equipment operation and brush/chainsaw work. They accept volunteers daily and are presently established at 902 Main St. in Rockport. For those willing to volunteer (you must be 18 years of age or older), they hold two orientation sessions each day, at 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. They ask that as volunteers, you dress accordingly, including long pants and work boots, preferably. Volunteers must also be able to provide their own transportation to and from their designated work sites. For further information regarding Operation Blessing International, visit their website link provided here, or call them directly at (757) 284-9183.

Want to Help Rockport, Texas? Here’s How You Can Support Harvey Relief
Photo: Facebook/Aransas County ISD

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