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Houston County Has Heart

With the look of men filled with determination and on a mission, three Crockett police officers - Lt. Clayton Smith (front left), Sgt. Alfredo Fajardo (back left), Officer Blake Gates (back right) - and Crockett Precinct 5 Councilman Mike Marsh (front right) headed out in a monster truck pulling a flat bottom boat to rescue flood victims in southeast Texas. (Courtesy Photo/CPD)With the look of men filled with determination and on a mission, three Crockett police officers - Lt. Clayton Smith (front left), Sgt. Alfredo Fajardo (back left), Officer Blake Gates (back right) - and Crockett Precinct 5 Councilman Mike Marsh (front right) headed out in a monster truck pulling a flat bottom boat to rescue flood victims in southeast Texas. (Courtesy Photo/CPD)

By Lynda Jones
Editor-in-Chief
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Houston County has heart! It's an indisputable fact.

When meteorologists first predicted Hurricane Harvey would hit the Texas coast, volunteers from Houston County headed south to help evacuate nursing home patients in the path of the storm.

When the floods hit Houston and the surrounding areas, individuals, churches, businesses, other organizations in Houston County immediately started collecting a variety of items for those displaced by the storm.

Many are assisting with ongoing rescues of people, pets and livestock between Houston and the Beaumont/Orange/Port Arthur area.
Others are collecting donations of products needed by Hurricane Harvey victims from Corpus Christi, Rockport, Port Aransas, Victoria, Houston and the Golden Triangle (Beaumont, Orange, Port Arthur).

Donated items include cash, gift cards, diapers, baby formula, pillows, blankets, school supplies, clothes, personal hygiene products, bottled water and cleaning supplies.

Thursday afternoon, Aug. 31, preparations began for a group of 60 assisted living residents from Port Arthur to take refuge at the Houston County Medical Center in Crockett.

The unprecedented amount of rainfall (more than 50 inches in the Houston) and the life threatening floods that accompanied Harvey touches a large portion of the Houston County community.

While we did not suffer the damage our neighbors did, many have family members and friends who lost their homes or otherwise suffered extensive damage.

Many people making donations say they feel helpless that they can't do more. That's the kind of heart we have in Houston County ... the kind that loves and is filled with a generous spirit.