Interact clubs work to provide relief to flood damaged Texas

  • Student Interact Clubs of Concord High School and Bishop Brady High School work together on an initiative titled “Operation Backpack,” which aims to provide relief to flood-damaged areas of Texas. Courtesy of Warren Emley

Published: 3/7/2018 11:21:05 AM

Under the guidance of the Rotary Club of Concord, the student Interact Clubs of Concord High School and Bishop Brady High School have together completed and fulfilled “Operation Backpack.” Duncraft Company helped with packaging and shipping.

This student initiative was to collect and send 100 school backpacks filled with school supplies along with cash donations to children in Wharton, Texas, which was ravaged by Hurricane Harvey. Wharton, about one hour southwest of Houston, sits at the junction of two rivers and received between 45 and 60 inches of rain in less than two days, inundating 66 percent of the town and outlying areas.

Some homes received 9 to 17 feet of water. Two-thirds of homes affected were not covered by flood insurance because they were not in the floodplain. The high school sustained severe damage and is still rebuilding. Many homes are still not inhabitable, many students are in other communities living with other families.

The president of the Rotary Club of Wharton, Jeanie Gunter, expressed gratitude. “Your gift to our students will ease some of the financial stress on families as they rebuild and start their lives over. At least the children will have the things they need to make their school day successful,” Gunter said.

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