Volunteers at Jewish Family Service Center gather items for flood victims

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Flood victims in the Meyerland area are getting some much needed help from the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston. The organization is collecting and distributing supplies. The rain is gone for the moment but not the damage.

"We're standing in my boss' living room which was destroyed by the flooding waters," said volunteer Kristen Savant.

Savant is helping to clean this home on South Braeswood.

"Seeing everybody's lives on the street, is something that is indescribable," she said.

She knows people are pulling together across this southwest Houston community, at places like the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center where volunteers dropped off and picked up supplies all day.

"Boxes, cleaning supplies, packaging supplies, gloves and masks- is what we're seeing the greatest demand of," said Joel Dinkin, Evelyn Rubenstein JCC.

"I was very fortunate this time," said volunteer Jackie Scinto.

Jackie and her daughter, Catherine are volunteers. They escaped flood damage at *their* home and know many of their neighbors were not so lucky.

"It's my home, and I see people in need, and my daughter's in Girl Scouts and that's what we do," said Jackie.

"All these people, they're houses got flooded, and I just want to help out with them because they're going through a lot right now," said Catherine.

Each donation brings this neighborhood one step closer to recovery and it sends a message.

"We'll be here as long as we need to be here in business, providing support," said Joel Dinkin, with Evelyn Rubenstein JCC.

"It's such a blessing to have places like the community center close by, where people can go to, to get help," said Savant.


The following items are needed: boxes, bottled water, tape, heavy trash bags, and cleaning supplies.

Please drop off at the ERJCC on Sunday from 10:00am-3:30pm at 5601 S. Braeswood Blvd, Houston, 77096.

You can also donate at www.houstonjewish.org/houstonflood
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