07 Jun Rooms To Go Provides Homeowners With A Place To Live Again
LIVES IMPACTED: 30
Hurricane Harvey made landfall in southeast Texas in August of 2017. After four days and two landfalls, the category 4 Hurricane left $125 billion in damage to the second most populous state in the United States. To the north, record flooding destroyed homes with 16 feet of water recorded in some areas. To the south, 130 mph winds blew away homes that had stood for generations. For many Texans who were impacted, Harvey left significant devastation that required extensive repairs to houses and total replacement of the items inside of those homes. Rooms To Go immediately recognized its ability to help those impacted by the storm but also realized that it may be months before they were needed. Working closely with Good360 and their rebuilding partner All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response, the company thoughtfully donated full furniture sets to survivors in Houston and Port Aransas once the homes were sanitized and ready to receive furniture. These furniture sets included mattresses, dining room sets, couches and rugs – many of the items that were both lost and very expensive to replace. One of the recipients of this donation was Audrey Davis. Ms. Davis lost her home when Hurricane Harvey initially made landfall. Instead of being a passive observer of the rebuilding teams in her home, Audrey took every opportunity to participate in rebuilding efforts – painting trim and helping to install her new floor were just some of the ways she contributed. She didn’t slow down when her Rooms To Go donation arrived, either. Audrey helped All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response volunteers transport and assemble the furniture donated. Audrey’s renewed sense of hope has shown throughout every step of the process, and survivors like her show the value of the rebuilding effort Another recipient was Beatrice Richards. Her house was home to three generations. This made Hurricane Harvey especially devastating. However, it also made Rooms To Go’s donation extremely impactful. Their delivery was a family affair; Beatrice’s granddaughter implored the family to wait for her mother to arrive home so they could “unwrap” their new furniture together. Partners like Rooms To Go are essential to the long term recovery effort. Their timely, thoughtful giving provides a sense of renewed possibility to disaster survivors. Good360’s mission to provide hope to families and communities impacted by disasters is enabled by companies like Rooms To Go and enacted by volunteer organizations like All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response. Through our partnerships with socially responsible companies we will be able to aid in the efficient recovery from disasters for years to come.