"Look For Helpers" in Houston


Many years ago, the late and great Mr. Rogers told the story of when his mother told him that during tragedies you should always look for the helpers.

Those who are running towards a tragedy and saving those they can, because where there are helpers there is hope.

At this time during the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, the helpers have come in spades to save those in need.

We'd like to highlight a few of these helpers and the good they've done for storm victims.

Three volunteers from Louisiana's Cajun Navy jumped into action when they saw an elderly woman floating face down in the current.

Cajun Navy volunteer Joshua Lincoln later recounted what happened to CNN.

"Donnie jumped from the vessel (and) brought her up out of the water. Ricky was manning the boat. He jumped in immediately also. I was at the front of the boat, leaving us in a serious current with nobody manning the motor in the back. So they quickly grabbed her, started to resuscitate her, and were able to get her to breathing slowly, and then we were able to control the boat. We got her back to safety, and that's that."

This rescue was one of many that has been credited to volunteers from the citizen made organization that was founded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

While born in Louisiana, The Cajun Navy isn’t solely made up of people from there; their members also includes boaters and volunteers from neighboring Mississippi.

Victims of Hurricane Harvey are getting some help from the makers of Budweiser beer as the brewery is working to can drinkable water.

Brewmaster Sarah Schilling says more than 50,000 cans are being shipped to Red Cross Shelters and will be distributed to volunteers.

“Throughout the year, we periodically pause beer production at our Cartersville, Georgia brewery to produce emergency canned drinking water so we are ready to help out communities across the country in times of crisis. Putting our production and logistics strengths to work by providing safe, clean drinking water is the best way we can help in these situations.”

MillerCoors is also sending canned drinking water to Texas as well as a $25,000 Red Cross donation.

"We’re currently shipping 50,000 cans of drinking water from our Shenandoah brewery to our craft partner, Revolver, where trucks are ready to mobilize under the direction of Red Cross to move supplies and help out in communities hit hard by Hurricane Harvey." 

Houston mattress store owner Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale opened two of his Gallery Furniture stores as shelters.

His warehouses are giving those in need plenty of space, beds and furniture to sleep on.

A band of Houston residents banded together to form a human chain that saved the life of a pregnant mother.

Greg and Andrea Smith were new to Houston and to hurricanes, so when Greg saw the rising waters outside their apartment he knew their baby was on the way.

Hours later he was right and Andrea began to have contractions.

Preparing for a home birth, neighbors banded together to help the couple as waters began to rise.

Eventually a garbage truck came by and the neighbors came again to help and formed a human chain to get Andrea safely on board.

Greg and Andrea made it safely to the hospital and their daughter, Adrielle was born.

Another volunteer crew arrived in Houston to rescue 14 flood victims armed with a boat, a dump truck and a school bus.

Gary Smith traveled over 100 miles with his 21-year old twin boys to save those stranded by Harvey.

Upon arrival they saved a man and woman in a flooded home, and while the family found several empty houses, Blake Smith along with brother Brodie says some residents wouldn't budge.

“The water was creeping up on their houses but they said they rode out these storms before. We tried to persuade them.”

Smith runs a steel company and his sons study agriculture and construction at Texas A&M University, so they had little trouble navigating through the high water.

Within hours the trio were able to deliver 14 people to safety, but as they left the city they say they felt they fell short.

“I wish there was more that I could be doing right now.”

Gary says he and his sons listened to reports on the way home, debating which of the hardest hit areas they would go to the next day.


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