This year has been a tumultuous year for the United States. Things like politics, foreign relations, and health care have been the top concern for most of us. Those are all things that we as a nation have to manage by being active citizens of our country. But when we are blindsided, especially when it is by mother nature, we have the obligation to be there to lend a hand to those who need us the most.
Hurrican Harvey hit last Friday and the rainfall did not end until sometime on Wednesday. The total rainfall was around 50" which is astronomical. So many families, people and animals, have been displaced from their homes and the wreckage is estimated to take years to fully clean up.
What you need to know now
- Flooding: The heavy rain is over, but parts of Texas remain under inches of floodwater (one Texas town saw a record 51.88 inches of rain during the storm).
- Casualties: At least 37 deaths related to Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath have been reported in Texas.
- Chemical plant fire: Plumes of black smoke were reported after a fire at a flooded chemical plant in Crosby, Texas. The smoke is an irritant, officials say, and residents around the plant have been evacuated.
- Beaumont: The entire city of Beaumont, Texas — population: 118,000 — has no running water after both of its water pumps failed.
**This information is taken from the CNN Live Update webpage @ 11:09am 8/31/17.
We at Brook Farm ask that anyone with the means to please assist the people of Texas with a donation of any amount. We have used this link to the American Red Cross. It is in times like these, regardless of race, creed, religion, or orientation that our Nation needs to be there for one another to help provide the security we so desperately deserve.
Donations can also be brought to the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region offices at 75 Market St. in Poughkeepsie or 123 Grand St. in Newburgh during business hours. The offices will be closed Sept. 1 and on Labor Day. On Sept. 8, the UPS Freight in Montgomery will collect all the boxes and transport them to the two Texas organizations for distribution. Those donations include; diapers in sizes 4, 5, and 6, Pull-Ups, baby wipes, baby shampoo, diaper rash cream, unused baby clothes, baby toys, adult diapers, and personal hygiene items including toothbrushes, toothpaste, body wash, deodorant, and feminine hygiene products. United Way also is collecting food like granola bars, crackers, protein bars, applesauce, fruit cups, peanut butter, jelly, tuna and soup to be sent to Feeding Texas, State Association of Food Banks.