How many of us watched is dismay as Hurricane Harvey arrived on shore, leaving many without a home, school, and other critical resources? As a council, our immediate question was what can we do to help and our local PTAs not only had the same question but were ready to roll up their sleeves and chip in as well. It didn't stop there. Surrounding PTA councils created a partnership to further drive our efforts and pour in more support.
A swirl of ideas erupted over email. Types of donations, where to send them, how to get them to those who were so clearly in need. We even had a past council member who was impacted by Hurricane Katrina chime in on give her input on how critical it is that resources be made available so that victims have what they need easily and quickly. That is why we partnered with the American Red Cross. After speaking with the Dallas chapter regarding Hurricane Harvey and how to help with the relief efforts, we wanted to make sure that donations were flexible and accessible. Within hours of the fundraising campaign going live, we'd already reached over $1,000. Again, it didn't stop there. Neighboring ISDs in Northwest, Keller and Lewisville have spread the word throughout their community and helped drive us over the $3,000 mark. In addition to the fundraiser, we're pleased to announce that Texas PTA is committed to filling backpacks so students have the supplies they need upon returning to school. This is such an important mission to help children achieve a sense of normalcy during this time.
We are confident, that with your help, we will continue to raise awareness and funds for this important cause. If you would like to learn how to help, visit our Hurricane Harvey page for more information.