September 12, 2017

Hurricane Harvey brought unprecedented destruction across the Coastal Bend, especially to small communities such as Rockport and Port Aransas. Seeing the devastating impact this storm brought to South Texas, Coastal Bend Health Education Center (CBHEC) initiated an effort to help residents begin the road to recovery. 

 “Witnessing the devastation firsthand gave us a determined focus on what we needed to do to help in the recovery effort, “said Starr Flores, director of the Coastal Bend Health Education Center. 

On Friday, September 8, CBHEC sent staff to distribute glucometers, facemasks, asthma supplies, mosquito repellent, hand sanitizers, and Zika prevention kits to affected residents. The employees also gave out diapers, clothing and hats to those who lost everything in the hurricane.

“Many of the residents in Rockport and other nearby towns have nothing left,” said Delia Martinez, program coordinator for CBHEC. “We’re here to help those with chronic illnesses by ensuring they have supplies they may have lost in the storm.”

On Monday, Sept. 11, CBHEC also donated supplies to Harvey evacuees housed at the Ben Garza Gym in Corpus Christi, which has been converted into a shelter.

“While the need is great, our goal is to help as many people as we can,” said Flores, “By returning to these communities and addressing the long-term health needs, Healthy South Texas can play a vital role in creating a positive impact in the lives of those affected by the storm. That’s what Texans do.”

-Les D. Cockrell