On September 5, Cantor Colman and his son Josh drove a truck with items donated by over 75 members of the Temple Sinai community to the port of Port Arthur, Texas for distribution to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
“Driving into Port Arthur felt very familiar to those who experienced Katrina in 2005,” said Cantor Colman. “People putting out all their possessions destroyed by Harvey on their front lawn for pickup…the smell of mildew permeated the air.”
At a city distribution center manned by the National Guard, it took an entire hour for Josh and the Guard Soldiers to unpack and sort all the items donated by Temple Sinai. But as soon as the truck was unloaded, Temple Sinai was requested to move and make room for other vehicles with supplies.
“One of the soldiers told Josh that the supplies coming in were coming out just as quickly,” said Cantor Colman.
How to Help
With tens of thousands of people displaced, and hundreds of thousands of homes damaged, several national organizations are mobilizing on the ground to offer support and relief:
- Nechama: A Jewish Response to Disaster will be in Houston for a minimum of six months to help rebuild
- The Jewish Federations of North America has set up a fund to help provide basics such as food, medicine, supplies, and trauma counseling
Additionally, Temple Sinai is no longer collecting items, but donations to the Temple Sinai Social Action Fund are currently going toward Hurricane Harvey relief. Social Action Fund donations can be made online, by credit card, or by check (checks can be made out to Temple Sinai Social Action Fund).
Photos from Temple Sinai’s Trip to Port Arthur