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Harvey Aftermath

Harvey Aftermath

Harvey was a category 4 hurricane then became a flooding event on the Texas Gulf Coast

Dallas Schools Open Doors, Hearts to Harvey Evacuees

Dallas ISD asks for donations of uniforms and supplies for students displaced by Harvey

    Dallas Schools Open Doors, Hearts to Harvey Evacuees

    Dallas schools are working to help children who escaped Hurricane Harvey get a little closer to feeling normal by opening their doors and their hearts. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017)

    Shelters in Dallas are filled with families from around Texas trying to escape Hurricane Harvey and its flooding.

    Now, Dallas schools are working to help the children who evacuated get a little closer to feeling normal by opening their doors and their hearts.

    Going to a brand new school is never easy, and it's even harder when you're far from home living in a shelter.

    Every morning 39 children at the Walnut Hill Recreation Center shelter in Dallas pile into buses together while their families figure out their next steps.

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    "Right now we don't tell them too much. We try to keep them calm. They see us get upset [and] we try to keep them away so they don't have to worry,"said Hillary Poullard, of Beaumont.

    The children join the students at Good Shepherd Episcopal School.

    "This school is not like my other school. I like this school," said 8-year-old Harvey evacuee Joseph Compton.

    Poullard has been trying to keep up with the news from back home.

    "They are getting hammered right now. I've been up since 4 this morning, worried about family and friends out there," Poullard said.

    But the students are kept comfortable and distracted.

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    "For lunch we don't have to buy no snacks. We get it for free," 9-year-old Diamond Compton said, smiling.

    The focus on those little things makes all the difference when the reality of the situation is never far from these young minds.

    "Because Hurricane Harvey has destroyed our house," Diamond said.

    "Sometimes I cry," Joseph added.

    Compassion and love is something not taught in books. They are lessons these youngsters will never forget in a week where perfect strangers made them feel like family.

    Good Shepard is working to help the students get enrolled at Dallas Independent School District campuses.

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    The Dallas ISD has issued a call for donations for students displaced by Harvey.

    The district is accepting white collared shirts, khaki pants, brown or black belts, backpacks and school supplies for grades K to 12 at the Dallas ISD's Education Center, located at 9400 North Central Expressway, during business hours through Sept. 8.

    NBC 5 and Kroger are teaming up to get help with the relief effort for the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. Visit your neighborhood Kroger and make a monetary donation to the American Red Cross at Kroger's check-out registers. All of the money will go to the Red Cross Disaster Relief. The American Red Cross is working around the clock to help those in need by providing food, shelter and emotional support for the people whose lives have been disrupted. Visit RedCross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS for more information on the relief efforts.

     

    Other ways to help the victims of Hurricane/TS Harvey:

     

    DONATE MONEY

    The Salvation Army is also accepting financial donations. Salvation Army 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) HelpSalvArmy.org

     

    DONATE BLOOD
    Carter BloodCare will send blood donations to its partners affected by Hurricane Harvey. 1-877-571-1000. Text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999

     

    HELP PETS
    SPCA of Texas is expecting 300 cats and dogs to come to North Texas. The agendy is asking for donations of cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, treats, toys and newspaper. Donations can be dropped off at the following two locations: SPCA of Texas Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas and the SPCA of Texas at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney. Monetary donations can be made online at SPCA.org/gift