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Staff members join together in support after Hurricane Harvey

Staff members join together in support after Hurricane Harvey

When Hurricane Harvey hit Houston on August 25, 2017, no one could have predicted the mark it would leave on the city. Many of the employees at the Houston Shriners Hospital were affected in some way. This was either through seeing the flooding up close, having to evacuate or receiving damage to their home.

Over 30 staff members were directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Damages included flooding, leaks, lost homes and lost cars. Following the storm, both the city and the hospital were left hurting. However, it is the response and support from fellow coworkers, and members of the Board and Shrine chapters that created positivity in a negative situation.

Gift card and thank you noteTo assist their fellow employees impacted by the storm, The Employee Activities Committee (EAC) at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Houston came up with the idea of creating a Texans themed basket with donated items that would be raffled off. Employees were encouraged to buy raffle tickets to win the basket or donate items related to the NFL team. The support was tremendous. Some employees donated Houston Texans gear; one employee donated tickets to a game; and others bought raffle tickets, knowing the proceeds were going to a good cause. It truly became an event that inspired employees to help their fellow employees.

Nobles of Alzafar Shriners in San Antonio also gave a helping hand. Potentate Gary Radvansky and his lady, Cheryl went to Houston to donate gift cards to benefit employees who had incurred damage from the hurricane.

The basket for employees, by employees, was successful enough to provide gift cards to all who had experienced damage from Harvey; helping us demonstrate that we are Houston strong!

Alzafar Shriners donated gift cards

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