The CEO and staff of Spooner business Graphic Wood Technologies volunteered helping vicitm’s of Hurricane Harvey in Port Aransas, Texas, Monday, Sept. 4.
The team flew into Austin, Texas and met in Brenham where they determined their course of action and gathered tools, supplies and transportation. They arrived in Port Aransas at around 5:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 4. They were stopped by local and state police who were enforcing a nighttime curfew but the officers were courteous and friendly.
“I don’t think there is much looting going on there,” said Mike Beggs, CEO GWT. The GWT team was one of the first cars let in and arrived at the family’s house around 7:15 a.m. They began helping remove water damaged Sheetrock and insulation, sort belongings, pack boxes, load vehicles, scrape mud, haul debris away and distribute supplies.
Local businesses were cooking and distributing free food to volunteers so they didn’t have to eat the prepackaged food we brought with them, which they ended up donating. The GWT team stayed until 6 p.m. that day and flew back the next. They returned to Spooner on Tuesday, Sept. 5, and the entire crew was wiped from their efforts. -submitted
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