'Cajun Navy,' Civilian Volunteers, Join First Responders in Harvey Rescues
Aug. 30—Tropical storm (and former hurricane) Harvey produced enough inspiring stories of bravery and selfless service this weekend to fill five inspiring movies.
Just when it seems our culture has surrendered to a crude, lewd, "me, me, me" mindset, up pops a disaster that spurs Americans to reach out to their neighbors.
This is precisely what happened as Harvey's winds destroyed property along the Texas Gulf Coast and its waters imperiled the Houston area's 6.5 million residents.
First responders worked around the clock helping people in need. And when reinforcements were needed, citizens took up the challenge. An armada of privately owned boats and their owners ventured out into flooded streets in search of people to rescue.
Among those volunteers were members of the "Cajun Navy," a loosely organized collection of Louisiana residents who since Katrina have put their watercraft to use in rescuing people.
"I can't look at somebody knowing that I have a perfect boat in my driveway to be doing this and to just sit at home," Jordy Bloodsworth, a member of the Cajun Navy headed to Houston, told The (Baton Rouge, La.) Advocate on Sunday. "I have every resource within 100 feet of me to help."
Of course, you don't need a boat to lend a hand to those suffering from the effects of Harvey. The Houston area is expected to see even more rainfall before this week is over.
Among the agencies assisting are:
- The Red Cross notes you can text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation to the organization. Other options are available at www.RedCross.org.
- Harvey-related fundraisers are collected by GoFundMe at gofundme.com/hurricaneharvey.
- United Way of Greater Houston created a special fund specifically for assisting with recovery from this storm.
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