The face of a national disaster is not one we are used to seeing so close to home. From the moment hurricane survivors stepped off the airplane at Lubbock Preston Smith INternational Airport, they got a warm west Texas welcome. They also got a friendly flood of donations that poured out from the hearts of the Lubbock community.
"We've taken out three to four truckloads to these people who are staying at Reese. We've given 6,000 garnets to those people," said Anna Braye, Goodwill Executive Director.
She says Goodwill has delivered clothes and blankets to the 407 people in need. Those clothes came from people like Stephanie Blanchard. "I feel so bad for them. I can't imagine what these people have to go through, especially the children," she said.
The community has donated $187,000 to the Red Cross for the hurricane relief effort. United shoppers of Lubbock gave $122,000 for the survivors.
Lubbock Mayor Marc McDougal says this city is trying to make Lubbock feel like a home away from home. "There were a couple of teenage boys who were playing with a basketball behind the hangar. I asked them if they needed anything. They said "no everything has been great. But, if we had a basketball goal, that would be kind of cool." We got on the phone to Academy Sports and within a half hour we got a goal," said the Mayor.
A job fair has been set up for Friday. The city of Lubbock is working on temporary and long-term housing for the survivors.
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