Update on Alliance Efforts to Help with Gulf Coast Disaster Relief

The Texas Alliance for Retired Americans (TARA) has been leading national Alliance efforts to pitch in on Gulf Coast disaster relief. The Alliance encourages that donations go to the Texas Worker Relief Fund, and several members have already sent $100 contributions.

North Texas TARA members participated in two major Labor Day events, with the Dallas AFL-CIO Breakfast alone raising $50,000 for disaster relief!

TARA table at Dallas Labor Day Breakfast

“Reports from Beaumont, Corpus Christi, and Houston indicate that our activists are staying dry and throwing themselves into helping everybody else,” said Texas Alliance President Gene Lantz in an e-mail.

Reverend Harmon Dent was asked if he wanted to get away from the floods in Beaumont by visiting Dallas. He replied “I’m needed here!” His home and church were spared from flooding.

He added, “My church was used for bottled water distribution this morning. Jefferson County Democratic Party Headquarters opened as a shelter and food/clothing and water distribution center.”

He has been helping out there also, using a church van to transport people.

“Several churches flooded and the pastors and some members will worship with us,” Rev. Dent added. “Thank you very much for the offer, but, I’m needed here.”

He asked for prayers for the entire region.

Houston Chapter President Cheryl Anderson is also working long hours to help disaster victims. She writes about coping with 50 inches of rain. The Houston chapter’s cleanup efforts are now well under way.

Zeph Capo, President of Houston Federation of Teachers, said that her group is also helping with cleanup efforts and cleaning supplies. President Anderson and others are working out of the offices of the Houston Federation of Teachers’ hall.

Other union brothers and sisters have shown special concern for the retirees. Many Houstonians have lost their vehicles.

“What those affected need most is cash,” emphasized Robert Roach, Jr., President of the national Alliance.

President Roach amplified the request that Gulf Coast Disaster Relief donations go to the Texas Worker Relief Fund.

The Texas Workers Relief Fund, a 501(c)(3) charitable fund overseen by the Texas AFL-CIO, has been established to assist workers and their families in their time of need. Funds are provided to help stabilize situations when issues occur such as natural disasters.

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