Devastating Loss, Persistent Hope

A family portrait of Nick, Sarah*, 2, Aaron*, 1 and Shelby in the shelter.

A family portrait of Nick, Sarah*, 2, Aaron*, 1 and Shelby in the shelter.

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A young family grateful to be alive shares their story of devastating loss. While, thanks to you, we work to relieve their immediate needs and give them hope for the future.

A young family grateful to be alive shares their story of devastating loss. While, thanks to you, we work to relieve their immediate needs and give them hope for the future.

“Things can get replaced, but you can’t replace life. We’re grateful we are alive – and still have hope.”

“I’m still numb,” Nick admits, as he shares the family’s story, while sitting on a cot in a San Antonio emergency shelter. Nick, his wife Shelby and two young children – Sarah,* age 2, and Aaron,* 1 – are from Rockport, Texas, where Hurricane Harvey made landfall on Friday, devastating everything in its path.

The family had been prepared, stocking up on nonperishable supplies and fresh water, when the mandatory evacuation was ordered. So they used the last of their money for gas to drive to the nearest evacuation bus.

Thankfully, they made it out of town alive, but everything else is lost. They’ve seen the photos, so they know. The family car is under water in the parking lot where they left it. And their house, a modest trailer home, was knocked off its frame, and now lies on its side, with their belongings strewn around the yard. The losses are overwhelming – photos, important papers, sentimental items, furniture, electronics and toys. “This is life changing,” says Nick.

Here at the shelter, Nick and Shelby struggled at first to keep their children safe and cared for, because shelters often aren’t equipped with essentials for children and families. Nor do they have safe places for children to play or sleep.

Thanks to you, Save the Children’s child crisis experts provided the family with cribs and strollers, along with other essentials. “We’re so grateful for the cribs,” Shelby says. “Before they were sleeping on the cots, and Aaron almost fell off. Now I don’t have to worry about the kids getting hurt or falling, the cribs child-proofed our space. And the strollers are great, it’s so hard to carry both of them wherever we go.”

Still Shelby worries about her children. “The kids know something is up. It’s hard to get them to sleep, and they’re fussy,” says Shelby. “I’m trying to stay positive,” she adds.

And both parents are stressed about the future. “Some people have something to go back to,” says Shelby, “but we have a catastrophe. It will take us some time for us to get back on our feet.”

Thanks to generous supporters like you, we’re doing whatever it takes for children and families who’ve lost everything in the devastating wake of Hurricane Harvey – now and for as long as it takes to help them recover from their losses and rebuild their lives.

Please note: Children’s names have been changed for their protection.

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