It was a given that Austin nonprofits such as the Austin Red Cross, Austin Disaster Relief Network and Central Texas Food Bank would send immediate aid to coastal Texans reeling from Hurricane Harvey.
Also, as Matthew Odam has reported, Austin’s always generous food community, is lining up to help out.
Meanwhile, we’ve been seeking anecdotes and images from Austin nonprofits about their experiences with the crisis. We’ll keep adding them here.
• From Mary Heerwald at Austin Pets Alive, which has rescued more than 330 animals since Thursday afternoon.“We received an incredible dog family named Snow White, Prince Charming and each of the seven dwarves (puppies), no less, that was abandoned in a truck port in Columbus. This Facebook plea was sent to us via our Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender line and we were able to help coordinate their evacuation transportation and get them all safely into foster homes in Austin.”
• From Margo Sawyer, the distinguished Austin artist whose old Elgin building — not her studio or house, but one she had planned for a sculpture garden — was destroyed in Harvey’s high winds and rain.
“This is especially devastating as I have had a summer meeting with artist friends, investors, realtors and architects thinking and dreaming what this special place could be a sculpture garden or sculpture garden and spa with art that doubles as ice plunge pool to be a relief of the summer heat. I know there are many horrific situations in Texas right now, but as artists we often take the big risks in living in areas or building building the need a lot of work, as we see the potential value.”
Visit Sawyer’s GoFundMe site to stabilize and rehabilitate the building.
MORE STORIES AND IMAGES TO COME …
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