I’m writing you this letter today to express my gratitude to the people of Goliad for all of their help in a recent fundraiser.
As you may have heard, April 17 was a devastating day for the people of West. Along with the death toll, many people lost homes and all their belongings in the explosion.
Immediately, I knew that I wanted to help but I didn’t know how. I decided to do a bake sale at Lowe’s to raise any bit of money I could, to personally take to West and purchase items that homeless victims were in need of. In just the six hours one day we spent raising money in Goliad, we had raised over $500! The people who came by were so supportive, kind and giving.
The next day, I did one more bake sale, and it brought the total raised to over $800. I took the long to trip to West and, while I was having a difficult time finding the donation locations, I stumbled on a Church of Christ with donations piled in the front church yard and a line of people in need, looking for any help they could find.
It was heartbreaking to see the need, but so rewarding to see people just helping other people. I got to speak with the pastor of the church as well as the organizer of the donations. I told them about all the sympathies and prayers Goliad was sending them and it was funny to see their eyes light up and tell me all they had learned about Goliad in their high school history classes.
We had the honor of taking a list of their needs and then being able to deliver back everything from cotton balls and detergent, to undergarments and lotions. I think they were blessed to hear of such a small town so far away thinking and praying for them.
I reassured them that small towns stuck together, and we exchanged one last smile, and I headed home, still grateful to God for all the people that stood behind me to make it possible.