Ice Storm Uri Recovery – March 2021 – Ice Storm Uri
Lighthouse Charity Team participated with community partners in a “Pop-Up” Recovery & Distribution event at St. Vincent’s House Galveston
Scott Gordon, VP led a Team of 40 Volunteers and 24 vehicles along with support from Galveston PD, Jamaica Beach PD, Friendswood PD and Galveston Constable Precinct 4 to give some relief to the EMS at the Bastrop Area Wildfires. We set up in Smithville, Texas to support their Emergency Personnel, The Texas Guard, State Troopers, Water Chopper Pilots and Crews. Over 500 servings per meal were provided, at no cost, to make these hard working volunteers feel appreciated.
We were called at 8:00PM by The Galveston Police Department requesting food, water and Gatorade for 100 Emergency Responders. This lasted until 6:00AM the next morning. Over one mile of fire hose was laid out and many firefighters were responding from work without dinner.
Hurricane Ike devastated Galveston Island with a 12’ storm surge flooding houses, businesses and the UTMB Hospital Complex. There was no electricity, gas or water on the island for weeks. The Lighthouse Charity Team was first on the Island with 2 semi-truck loads of water donated by Del Papa Distributing and Anheuser Busch. We initially staged our equipment at The Del Papa Facility on Broadway in Galveston feeding Emergency Responders and those that remained on or returned to the island to check their property. After two weeks, Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church requested our services at their location in Galveston. We brought in an 18 wheeler refrigerated/freezer trailer with a large generator and began to feed people lunch and supper on a daily basis for 30 days. Our daily meal consisted of a meat entree, vegetable, starch, gravy, baked rolls, desert and a drink. This was all done at no charge, as the meals were paid for donations provided by the Methodist Churches throughout Houston and other areas. We had volunteers from all walks of life including the National Guard. We fed a sit down meal in the Church and had a Free drive thru in outside the Church.