Thursday, August 31, 2017


BROWNSVILLE GIVES TO HURRICANE HARVEY VICTIMS

For the record the picture is not from Brownsville.  I was so pleased with what I saw at the Central Library yesterday, it did not occur to me to take a picture.

I was actually in a line of cars waiting to drop off several boxes of dried goods.  A line is a good sign that Brownsville is giving.

But the country is giving also.  A business I know of in Denver matched $10,000 in cash donations. In NY Townships are organizing collections in several locations.

This is not going to be resolved by tomorrow.  Hurricane Sandy hit NY/NJ in 2012, and they are still rebuilding infrastructure and cleaning up.  When Texas Senators refused to vote for the funding, recovery was slow.  NY and NJ Senators have made it known, Texas will not be treated like NY was treated by Texas Senators.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't understand why can the community be as sharing with homeless and poor people we have here in Brownsville? Bobby are you as happy and proud about that? Does it take a disaster to touch your heart?

BobbyWC said...

What are you talking about. My charitable work continues
I just do not promote everything I do. I do a lot of work for veterans. Just the other day my roommate and I helped a homeless women to a shelter. I know where the food bank is. You do not understand homelessness. Many of these people refuse shelter for any number of reasons including mental health. Texas has no outreach for these people. I ha e to fight people to go to Tropical. They are a disaster. I chase people into the parking lot to get them back in for their appointment. Exactly what more do you expect of me.

Anonymous said...

I'm not really meaning you...but you have to admit that the community can do a better job in helping our poor people who barely have something to eat or a place to stay. I'm not for helping other cities in need but the same energy could be spent here.

BobbyWC said...

Brownsville does give. There is always a line at the recycling place when I go. The food bank has food. I know of a lot of people who bought school supplies for at least one poor child. Just because they are not out there saying hey look at me I gave does not mean they are not giving.

Also a warning on the American Red Cross. A friend in SA gave to a fundraiser being done by NFL players. She made the decision when the American Red Cross operator told her she could not designate her donation for Harvey victims. You can, but the ARC plays this game all of the time. You have no way of knowing for sure if your money is going to Harvey victims.

Not everyone has a need to go online and yell to the world "I gave." You just do it. Brownsville gives. The homeless problem here is no worse than elsewhere. My only problem is some of the women shelters only give you so many days to find a place and you are out.

We do need a real shelter with social service workers available to access funds for work clothes, preparing resumes, etc. But the city only has so much money. Because of decades of neglect the city can never do what needs to get done.

This type project is not something which can be carried out by citizens. So I agree a lack of shelters is a problem, but citizens cannot build and maintain a shelter, that is for the city.

I work with illiterate people every day who cannot fight for any number of benefits because they do not understand what is being told to them. This is a big problem at BISD. We are in desperate need of social workers to work with the poor to change how they live, but again no money.

Bobby WC