One refreshing story was that of Anaya Soliz, 16-year-old A.C. Jones student, who bought and delivered more than 200 gallons of water to the residents of Woodridge Nursing and Rehab.
Anaya, who wants to be a nurse, lives in the country and her water was safe to drink, but she sought to help the elderly. Her generous gesture brought smiles and hugs from the surprised residents there.
Another anonymous donor provided an 8,000-gallon tanker of water to Christus Spohn Hospital Beeville and its patients at the height of the disaster.
Many more came through with donations to support the citizens of Beeville. Robert Bridge, emergency management coordinator, pointed out contributions from Subway, H-E-B, Walmart, the City of George West, Lone Star Rentals and others.
Anna Simo, director of the Bee Community Action Agency, and her agency delivered needed items to the homebound and provided transportation for dialysis patients.
As County Judge David Silva and Bridge noted, there are many agencies and people who assisted, and many valuable lessons were learned in preparation for the next disaster.
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For those still looking for another way to help others this Christmas, in addition to the Beeville Vineyard, Christmas Angels/Toys for Tots, South Texas Children’s Home and other deserving organizations, we would encourage a donation to Bee County Habitat for Humanity.
Pastor Don Taylor recently announced a unique fundraiser, in which a friend offered a challenge as a matching gift for our affiliate to help with its first house build fund. This donor is willing to match the first $5,000 for all funds raised by the Bee HFH between now and Dec. 20.
Taylor said the fundraiser was kicked off with two gifts totaling $1,600, and he also has $1,200 which was given last weekend. “We will be adding to that monthly donations from our supporting churches from November offerings,” he said.
Checks should be made to Bee County Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 4333, Beeville, TX 78104, or given to Taylor. Any and all gifts are welcome and documentation for gifts over $250 will be provided by the organization for donor’s tax records.
There are many ways to lend a hand, and not all include hammers, nails and power saws.