Buddhists give out $2.3M in cash to Dickinson Harvey victims

DICKINSON, Texas (KTRK) -- In the city of Dickinson, neighbors are anxious to get life back to normal after Harvey.

Crews have moved about 10 percent of the debris from people's homes so far, about 30,000 cubic yards of personal belongings, sheetrock and other damaged items.

They still have another 750,000 cubic yards to go.

That is part of the reason the Buddhist Tsu Chi Foundation is stepping up in a big way, passing out blankets, instant rice and more than $2.3 million in cash to families that need it.

With more than 50 percent of Dickinson destroyed during Harvey, according to Mayor Julie Masters, the generous donation is helpful.

Foundation CEO Stephen Huang gave us a video, showing volunteers set up inside a school gym in Dickinson, passing out cash cards and other items people need to recover from the storm.

"Naturally we hear a lot of sad stories, lost life or they don't know what to do, they lost everything, they don't have insurance," Huang said. "Those are the people we try to help the most. And also the first responders, the police, the firemen."

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Crews are continuing the hard work of debris removal in Dickinson after Harvey.

At the foundation's Houston office, national and international volunteers have been busy.
A supply warehouse is taking stock of everything they've given out. They've helped 2,300 families in Dickinson alone, and they plan on going back.

They'll bring along a mobile dentist office too to help families continue the recovery process.

Mayor Masters said she had never heard of the organization before they arrived in the city, but that she couldn't be more impress with what they have done.

She said she personally plans on donating to the agency.

A donation distribution center is still open in Dickinson at the volunteer fire department on Dockrell Road and 517. It will be open through Friday.

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