GSABA Members and friends Come to the Rescue
Like many in the housing industry, NHOME’S publisher Adaku Okoro, is passionate about giving back. Following Hurricane Harvey and wanting to contribute/aid the people she knows best, she called GSABA (Greater San Antonio Builders Association) for suggestions of those whose companies who were most involved giving aid.
Associate GSABA members Colby Duke and Trevor Morton were among those who organized to serve Hurricane Harvey victims, and prove that San Antonio, surrounding area businesses, along with many individuals have BIG hearts.
On Tuesday, September 4, Colby Duke awoke at 4:30 in the morning with thoughts of the thousands left homeless and hungry after Hurricane Harvey swept ashore in Rockport. He had to do something about it. Reaching for his iPhone, he texted a few of his close buddies, Trevor Morton and Patrick and Mathew Holloway. “I just felt like I had to go,” Duke recalled, “and I hoped my friends felt the same way.”
By the end of the week twelve trucks and trailers and more than fifty people were on the road to Rockport. The team contacted potential food providers including HEB, Opa’s Sausage and many others to donate enough products to feed thousands. The result: the team fed more than 15,000 grateful Rockport citizens over the weekend. The caravan included five smoke wagons, two refrigerated trailers, five RVs and bathrooms for the participants’ use, supporting all phases of their efforts.
They smoked and served 1125 pounds of Opa’s sausage, 430 pounds of food, which included 20 briskets and 20 pork butts, 800 hamburgers and chicken, over 4000 hot dogs and 1200 eggs, which the team rolled into breakfast-lunch-dinner tacos for twelve straight hours.
“In addition to Harvey victims, we fed many volunteers who had nothing to eat. One of my best moments was stopping at a destroyed house to deliver food. An elderly lady thanked us profusely, but said what would really make her the happiest in the world was an ice cold Coke. We searched for 45 minutes and finally found one to bring her. The smile on her face was more than enough to pay for our efforts,” Morton explained.
When the weekend ended, the good feelings continued. “The team agreed that they wanted to continue our efforts for Hurricane Harvey as well as any other disaster that might hit the area, so we formed the Lone Star Response Team,” Duke, an associate GSABA member said. “We planned to return to Rockport and other affected areas to feed the hungry.”
Morton noted, “GSABA, NHOME Magazine, and others have been very supportive of our work, and are passionate about offering assistance.”
Duke added. “And we’re looking to help wherever we are needed.”
For more information about the Long Star Response Team call 210-240-5155.
Photos courtesy of Colby Duke