Most of us have watched the devastation in Houston grow over the last few days, sorting our way through a range of emotions: disbelief (48 inches of rain in a single week?), horror, sympathy and, of course, the desire to help.
We know our community and we know that the people here in central Connecticut are compassionate and generous, so, for many, the only question now is how to help?
One answer is to support the Texans right here in our midst.
As Herald sportswriter Shelby Iava told us Tuesday, “With their home in Texas already facing record flooding related to the remnants of Hurricane Harvey and a forecast calling for a continuing deluge, the Sugar Land Skeeters made an unexpected trip to New Britain this week for a series originally scheduled for their home field.”
Members of the minor league baseball team were guests of the New Britain Bees, who are generously foregoing admission fees to New Britain Stadium during the Skeeters’ visit, instead requesting fans that attend the series to donate to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief fund. The Bees’ staff will be collecting donations at each game during the series. Fans can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 in support of the Red Cross’ disaster relief efforts in Texas.
And, of course, they are not alone. New Britain-based Stanley Black & Decker and its employees led the way Monday by committing up to $125,000 for immediate disaster relief. And individuals throughout the area have either packed their bags and headed south to help or reached for their checkbooks.
As usual, the people of central Connecticut are helping neighbors - however distant - in need.