Patti’s Hope for Harvey
Patti explains, “I prayed about the safety of all the people there. Then I told my mom that I wanted to do something to help. She said, ‘I’ll do anything to help you.’ Then she told me to talk to Coach Russell.”
I want to not only help my family in Texas, but I would really like to help others as well.
Within a week Patti sent a letter to all QJH parents, and the teachers of the school sent it home with their students.
As we all know, Hurricane Harvey swept through Texas and left hundreds of families devastated. Many lost homes, cars, lives, and so many other things. Many people across the nation have stepped up to assist the families in need. I am passionate about helping those families. My name is Patti, and I am a 6th grader at QJH. I am sending this letter home – because I am going to start a “HOPE FOR HARVEY” relief drive. In this drive, I am asking for all that are able to do so, please donate teddy bears, stuffed animals, blankets, insect repellant, and any non-perishable food items. Why teddy bears and stuffed animals you may ask; well, there were so many children that were traumatized and devastated by Harvey. Some children lost parents and other family members. I would like for the bears and stuffed animals to be of comfort to these children. If you are to donate anything, please do so. Every item, great or small, will be very well appreciated. Thank you so much for your time and help.
Patti’s mom, Nicole, had already asked Pachuta’s Marvin Trotter if he had room in the truck he was using to transport donations to the people of Texas. The two made a plan with Nicole getting the donations to Pachuta and Marvin taking them from there to Texas.
By 7:45 a.m. on September 11th Quitman Junior High students were starting to put items in the HOPE for HARVEY box set up in the school’s entrance.
Patti looked in the box and saw two blankets and a bag of canned goods. She smiled, but she didn’t seem surprised. Maybe because Patti began dreaming and planning and seeing this moment weeks ago. She hoped, and now she and her fellow students are sending that hope to the people of Texas.