A Diverse Community Becomes Unlikely Harvey Heroes at LSC-CyFair

Lone Star College CyFair News

When Harris County Emergency Operations Center asked Lone Star College-CyFair to set up as a Hurricane Harvey shelter the morning of Aug. 29., a diverse community came together to help hundreds of people in need.

Community colleges are about being part of community, a real part, a meaningful part. What we found here was a shared commitment to humanity, said Dr. Hilary Harris, LSC-CyFair development English faculty and education department chair. I think we all understood that this truly was a moment where we are better together and its one of the major principles Lone Star College lives by.

There are people who cannot just sit by and watch, who want to help comfort others whatever it takes, and thats exactly what more than 400 area residents, from all walks of life, did for four days.

Dr. Harris and other area residents, Carrie Smith, Nelly Urquizo, Kyle Goldstein, Jillian Moller and Dr. Christina Hagerty, were among the first volunteers, who helped served 97 residents and 600 visitors at the shelter on the college campus.

Smith, a 9-year Lone Oak subdivision resident, said her home had not flooded, but a tornado had caused minor roof damage and a leak over the bathtub. However, she and her teenage grandchildren were going stir crazy and wanted to find a way to help others.

These are my neighbors, she said. I had to get out there and help them. They live in my community and it could have been me, except for the grace of God. I couldnt just sit at home and watch.

Smith said when they arrived at noon Tuesday, the community was already donating stuff by the truckload and just needed to be organized.

I didnt see anyone with a badge yet, so I just jumped in and started taking charge; the outpour of donations and number of volunteers was amazing, Smith said.

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