Melinda and I are teachers in the Pearland area of Houston, Texas, which received between 45 and 59(!!!) inches of rain this week depending on who you ask. We both were very fortunate not to have water in our homes, but we know many teachers and staff in the local schools who were not quite as lucky.
Even though the local school districts will of course be very understanding for teachers who are displaced due to flooding, this is an extremely stressful time for everyone. Our friends have to clean up a huge mess, figure out living arrangements, and at some point, figure out how to get back to work in the middle of it all. As of right now, we are supposed to report back to work on Tuesday after Labor Day.
WHAT IF... each of our flooded-out colleagues could receive a "flood of friendship" in the form of gift cards for gas, restaurants, home improvement, and groceries when they do come back to school?
If you want to make a more personal connection with your donations, if you were wondering if a small donation could make a difference, the answer is YES, YES you can make a big difference and warm someone's heart.
Here is what you can do right now to help:
Pledge a gift card for one of the 75 families in need that we have on our list.
At this time, we are accepting no new nominations.
If donations exceed the needs of these 75 families, we will reopen the nomination page!
Pledge Here! (UPDATE 9/4: We have made the signup easier to navigate due to the large number of families we have learned about. There are 75 affected families that we know about at this time. We have over 100 gift cards currently pledged! WOW!!!)
3) EASIEST OPTION: Just shop for Lowe's or restaurant cards on Amazon!
You can send them electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. We promise we will get all of this to the right place!
Or shop for HEB cards at HEB.com,
Home Depot cards at HomeDepot.com,
or Walmart cards at Walmart.com!
OR, snail mail option... Once you have purchased your card, send it to "Flood of Friendship c/o Melinda LeBoeuf, 3511 Apple Grove Dr, Manvel, TX 77578" Once the gift card package for the family you've donated to is complete, we'll take a photo of the awesomeness you've helped make possible and email it to you.
Let's start an amazing flood of friendship! We're doing this completely on our own, and this little project is not connected with Alvin ISD in any way. So if it gets big, be patient with us :)
Thanks for your consideration!
Melinda LeBoeuf and Meredith Mooney, teachers, Dr. James "Red" Duke Elementary