Spendenaktion brachte 4.125 US Dollar für betroffene Kinder

Kurz nach der Hochwasserkatastrophe in Texas im August 2017 begann eine Gruppe Frankfurter, mit Hilfe der Steuben-Schurz-Gesellschaft Spenden für besonders betroffene Kinder zu sammeln. Nach Abschluss der Aktion zum 31. Oktober wurden insgesamt 4.125 US Dollar an die Hilfsorganisation Making It Better in Houston, Texas übergeben. Vom Geld war Soforthilfe für von der Katastrophe besonders hart getroffene Kinder bezahlt worden, darunter so Grundlegendes wie Essen, Schulsachen und Matratzen. Ein herzliches Danke nochmals an alle Spender!

 

HARVEY SUPPORT POURS IN FROM FRANKFURT, GERMANY TO SUPPORT HOUSTON FAMILIES IN NEED

German public servants organize Facebook fundraiser to benefit the Making It Better ‘We’ve Got Your Back’ Harvey recovery campaign

HOUSTON – December 11, 2017 – Upon hearing of the hardships faced by children in the Houston area following Hurricane Harvey, Chief of Staff for the Mayor of Frankfurt, Germany, Martin Wimmer, launched a Facebook campaign to support the children who receive services from the Making It Better nonprofit organization. Through a relationship with Houston City Council Member and Making It Better founder, Jerry Davis, Wimmer learned about the needs of underserved communities in Houston hit especially hard by the storm. Wimmer’s efforts generated $4,125 for children who receive services from Making It Better.

“I was quite surprised to get an email from Martin expressing their desire to support our kids. It just goes to show you how far reaching the impact of Hurricane Harvey was. We all saw first-hand how Houstonians stepped up during and after this disaster, but to have this type of support all the way from Germany is simply amazing and a great example of the true human spirit,” said Jacque Daughtry, Making It Better’s executive director. Making It Better is a non-profit organization that provides literacy, life skills, and leadership programs to underserved children and their families.

One week post Harvey, Making It Better began to communicate with administrators at the Houston ISD campuses they serve, and the requests for assistance for their students and families began to pour in. As a response to those needs, Making It Better launched the We’ve Got Your Back campaign to provide backpacks, books, school uniforms, toiletries, snacks, and other essential items for children they serve.  With support from the Houston community, in addition to the generous donation from their new friends in Germany, more than $6,000 was raised.  Due to the overwhelming response to the campaign, Making It Better was also able to provide new furniture (thanks to special offers to nonprofits by Gallery Furniture) and gift cards to those families that lost everything during the flood.

“This effort far exceeded our expectations, and we are happy to be a small part of providing needed items to those that have lost so much.  We had babies sleeping on the floor before these donations came in, so we are beyond grateful for the tremendous support,” Daughtry said.

Anyone who would like to continue supporting the children and families served by Making It Better can make a donation or become a volunteer.

About Making It Better

For more than a decade, Making It Better has been on the frontlines of closing the literacy gap for underserved and at-risk children.  Through compassionate and highly trained Reading Interventionists, the organization has made great strides in narrowing the literacy gap for some of Houston’s most vulnerable children.  Coupled with leadership, life skills, and parent specific programming, early intervention programs offered by Making It Better are critical to level the playing field for children from low socioeconomic status and are a core tool for improving school readiness and social skills for at-risk children.  Making It Better will continue to be vigilant in its efforts to help break the cycle of illiteracy and poverty throughout Houston.

 

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Alles auf einen Blick

Liebe Freunde,

die katastrophalen Folgen von Hurricane Harvey sind noch nicht komplett überschaubar, aber die Not vieler Menschen ist bereits sichtbar und verlangt nach schneller Soforthilfe.

Wir Frankfurter Initiatoren sind sehr betroffen über die Katastrophe in den USA. Hier wollen wir zusammen stehen, deutsch-amerikanische Freundschaft und Hilfsbereitschaft zeigen!

Viele von uns haben persönliche Kontakte nach Texas. Jerry Davis, Stadtrat in Houston, war erst vor wenigen Wochen zu Gast in Frankfurt. Seine Hilfsorganisation Making It Better hilft bereits seit Hurricane Katrina erfolgreich benachteiligten Kindern mit Leseförderung, Schulbildung und Mentorprogrammen. Jerry und seiner Familie selbst geht es gut, aber er hat alle Hände voll zu tun, denn die Ärmsten der Armen brauchen dringend akute Unterstützung. Wir wollen gemeinsam unter der Schirmherrschaft der Steuben-Schurz-Gesellschaft e.V. handeln.


Sie, liebe Freunde, können uns dabei unterstützen, den Hilflosesten über diese entsetzlich schwere Zeit zu helfen. Jede Spende, die wir an Making It Better weitergeben, hilft. Ob 10 Euro, 100 Euro, 1.000 Euro, etwas dazwischen, oder mehr. In Jerry Davis haben wir einen zuverlässigen und hervorragenden Organisator gefunden.

Unsere herzliche Bitte: Überweisen Sie noch in dieser Woche einen Ihnen möglichen Betrag mit dem Stichwort „Texas“ an das Konto

Steuben-Schurz-Gesellschaft e.V.
Hypovereinsbank Frankfurt
BIC: HYVEDEMM430
IBAN: DE65503201910322329903

Bei Spenden bis 200 € können Sie die Spendenbescheinigung unter http://www.steuben-schurz.org selbst herunterladen. Größere Beträge erhalten die Bescheinigung vom Büro der SSG unmittelbar.

Mit herzlichem Dank,

Dr. Ingrid Gräfin zu Solms-Wildenfels, Präsidentin Steuben-Schurz-Gesellschaft
Björn Eckerl, Geschäftsführer Vier für Texas
Annette Gloser, Kuratorin
M. A. Littler, Regisseur
Lutz Raettig, Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrates Morgan Stanley Bank AG, Mitglied des Magistrats der Stadt Frankfurt
Jürgen Richter, Vorsitzender Frankfurt-Philadelphia-Gesellschaft
Markus Rill, Songwriter
Martin Wimmer, Autor

Hurricane Harvey – Was genau ist passiert?

Die beste Übersicht zu den katastrophalen Folgen von Hurricane Harvey erhält man bei dieser Quelle:

Hurricane Harvey (Wikipedia)
Around 03:00 UTC on August 26, the category 4 hurricane made landfall at peak intensity at Rockport, Texas with winds of 130 mph (215 km/h) and an atmospheric pressure of 938 mbar (27.7 inHg). With peak accumulations of 51.88 in (1,318 mm), Harvey is the wettest tropical cyclone on record in the contiguous United States. The 39.11 in (790 mm) of rain in August made the month the wettest ever recorded in Houston since record keeping began in 1892, more than doubling the previous record of 19.21 in (488 mm) in June 2001.

The resulting floods inundated hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced more than 30,000 people, and prompted more than 13,000 rescues. More than 210,000 people registered with FEMA for disaster assistance. At least 38 people were killed, though that number was expected to rise.

Preliminary estimates of economic losses range anywhere from $10 billion to $50 billion.

Aktuelle Informationen erhält man stets hier:

Houston Chronicle (Tageszeitung)

Ein sehr guter Beitrag zu den Ursachen der Katastrophe ist:

The Guardian