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There’s something in human nature that wants the bright side to come out – I guess I’m looking at it from the perspective of a Christian person who God has blessed and Houston is begging for help. Today, on the news, charity and helping hands are being extended over the city.
AMR ambulance is sending Linn County’s spare ambulance that sits in Linn Valley to Houston with several Kansas City and one La Cygne employee to help residents.
Fox News reported, “Bass Pro Shops is pitching in with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas, providing dozens of boats to rescue and relief efforts.
“The outdoor retail giant is coordinating with local, state and federal agencies, which include police, fire and rescue teams on the ground, according to a news release. They will be providing over 80 Tracker boats to area government agencies and rescue organizations in Houston and surrounding communities that were impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
“The company is supporting the efforts through its Bass Pro Cares Fund and is supporting disaster response organizations by donating relief supplies totaling $40,000.”
Walmart is reportedly in the middle of the effort. According to www.wset.com, “Walmart is jumping in to help the victims of Tropical Storm Harvey.
“As of Monday, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have committed to giving at least $1 million in support of the victims in Texas.
“According to the official Walmart blog, associates have been working closely with the Red Cross and local government officials.
“Walmart is buying about 2,000 kayaks from KL Outdoor that will be shipped to Texas and Louisiana.”
Other companies are stepping in such as Home Depot pledging $1 million to Red Cross and Lowes $500,000; the Caterpillar Foundation is giving $300,000 to the American Red Cross. The company has started sending power generation equipment from other parts of the country and begun staging equipment in anticipation of cleanup efforts, and many more companies are sending pledges to the Red Cross and more.
Www.money.cnn.com reported, “Much-needed water is being donated by Anheuser-Busch, which periodically halts beer production at its Cartersville, Ga., factory to produce canned drinking water for emergencies.
“The water should arrive in Arlington, Texas, on Tuesday. About 50,000 cans have already arrived in Baton Rouge, La., in anticipation of the heavy rainfall the area may receive as the tropical storm moves east.”
How much water dropped on Houston with the hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey?
Www.vox.com  reported, “According to meteorologist Ryan Maue at WeatherBell, as of Monday afternoon, around 14 trillion to 15 trillion gallons of water had fallen on Houston and its surrounding areas. (The calculation is simple, he says on Twitter: It’s depth of rain multiplied by the number of square miles covered.) And 5 trillion more gallons are still to come.”
Hurricane Katrina dumped 6.5 trillion gallons on New Orleans in 2005.
One newscaster gave a comparison of the water that dropped in the Houston region – if it were spread across the United States, that water would be the depth of three pennies high over all 48 continental states.
Back to my statement on normal people wanting to help out; Houston citizens are part of a major force of volunteers helping rescue people trapped by the flooding. Those with boats are traveling through neighborhoods; those with kayaks are helping haul people – neighbors helping neighbors.
And the time will come when churches are called on to step in where these volunteers step back. Are we ready to go? Do we have a plan in place to help people? Now is the time to figure that out so we can help those who are in need further recover.
Jackie Taylor
Linn County News publisher
jackielcn@ckt.net

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