HOUSTON, TX - From fake cancer scams to trying to bail rappers out of bad investments – not all “Go Fund Me” pages are legitimate, let alone transparent.
But here in Houston, after the Tax Day flooding, one awesome local school system, Harmony Public Schools, put social media crowd funding to good use.
“…Mostly the staff, and some of the parents that were not affected, … a lot of our families lost a lot of things,” says Courtney Sandifer with Harmony Public Schools
Memories from April 18 still haunt these families.
“We were located in the Greenspoint area… we had to retreat to the second level of our apartment complex, in order to stay dry and to keep from being in contaminated space, “ shares Bridget Wright.
“Coming home that night… I actually had to climb out of my car window…the water was up to my waste,” remembers Cheree Rollins.
The original target was $10,000, but just under 300 people exceeded that goal, raising nearly $12,000 for the Go Fund Me site aptly titled, “Harmony Cares.”
“Anybody that works at Harmony or has a kid at Harmony a lot of times they’ll say ‘it’s like a big family,’” explains Sandifer.
Tuesday, Harmony Public Schools distributed the proceeds, and provided additional necessities to 20 families who definitely appreciated it.
“I think it’s been especially good for the children, you know to feel that we are not alone in this situation,” says John Lee.
Enriching the minds of students, and teaching the value of community. Now that is truly harmonic.