Throughout the past few days, NICA has served 4 families that have been affected by the hurricane disaster. Each of these families were forced to drive up to the DFW area to find refuge in their relatives’ homes. They have reached out to our agency to seek help with temporary aid such as food and clothing.
One couple in particular was forced to evacuate their home in the middle of the night on Friday to make the long 4 hour trip – without any stops – leaving behind valuables and personal items just to ensure the safety of their children. Another family, including their 88-year old grandmother, drove up the day before the hurricane hit – only taking with them their valuables and enough clothing to last until they return.
Many of these individuals, including children and infants, have had to sleep on the floors of their relative’s home due to a limited amount of beds within each household. In an extremely short amount of time these families have had to stretch their funds just to support themselves, trying their very best to avoid thinking about – at least for now – the damage that Hurricane Harvey has done to their houses.
We have been doing our very best to serve these families in the greatest capacity. So far, we have provided them with food, clothing, baby formula and diapers for the infants, bedding, new clothing and shoes for the children, items for the elderly, hygiene products, and more.
While we have done our very best to serve them, our pantry is also struggling. We are serving more clients by the day and the Tarrant Area Food Bank does not have enough resources to help refill our shelves. If anyone can help with pantry items, such as boxed/canned goods, including non-perishables, it would be greatly appreciated by all of us here including the families in need.