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.
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.