Dear Abandoned Little Angels supporters, Our collective thoughts and prayers are with the thousands of families affected by Hurricane Harvey. Most of us know someone struggling to rebuild in the aftermath of this catastrophic storm. The generous humanitarian spirit of our Texas community is remarkable. However, the road to recovery will be long and arduous. As a recipient of the Blue Ribbon Award, Abandoned Little Angels is dedicated to helping our local communities, not just the children abroad. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, we allocated $20,000 in support of these four local charities:
Hurricane Harvey devastated the La Salle community in Houston destroying the Chapel, School and Home of the De La Salle Sisters. While we are grateful that our La Salle Sisters are safe, we share their loss. Their Drum team performed at our Abandoned Little Angels Gala this past May and we had the pleasure of meeting these wonderful students and seeing the amazing work done by the Sisters, firsthand. A family parishioner has taken in the displaced Sisters as they continue the long journey of rebuilding this safe haven for all young people to learn about their faith and heritage. We hope our contribution brings them some relief to help them get back on their feet soon.
Rebuild-TX Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort – Jim McIngvale of Gallery Furniture
Jim McIngvale, CEO of Gallery Furniture demonstrated tremendous compassion by opening his stores to house and feed evacuees during the flood. Abandoned Little Angels’ donation supports his effort to rebuild Houston through Crisis Cleanup which helps clean up homes for free, Volunteer Houston, and the Houston Community Toolbank.
The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston has traditionally helped thousands of families in need. Hurricane Harvey flooded many homes and took many lives with it. Catholic parishes in the area are helping in their local communities as their situations and resources allow, working in conjunction with both local and national relief efforts to serve as shelters and donation centers. However, the effects of Hurricane Harvey will extend far beyond these immediate needs. Recovery from catastrophes such as Hurricane Harvey takes years. Hopefully, our donation will support the recovery and rebuilding of Catholic parishes, schools, and ministries in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, in addition to helping those in need through our Catholic social service agencies. Thank you for your prayers and your generosity.
Tzu Chi Houston Buddhist Foundation
Lastly, we have chosen to donate to Tzu Chi Houston Buddhist foundation. Their humanitarian aid missions span the globe. When disasters strike, their relief volunteers swiftly respond to the call of those in need with instant and straightforward help, like a cash card in your hand (they have distributed cash cards to 7,485 families as of September 25). Along with the American Red Cross, FEMA and other emergency first-responders, Tzu Chi volunteers have provided care and support after Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, the Louisiana Floods, Hurricane Sandy and 9/11. We are glad to know that our additional donation is helping Tzu Chi Houston provide immediate care and support for those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, as well as the Mexico City earthquake.
If you would like to help contribute directly to any of the organizations, please use the links provided above. Thank you very much for your generosity, compassion, and commitment during this time of need. Sincerely, Abandoned Little Angels