Notes & Noticias: Giving Thanks

Dear Friends,

Next week is Thanksgiving, and the events of the past few weeks in Dove Springs have already given me many opportunities to be thankful to all who have helped with the ongoing flood recovery.

This week’s Notes and Noticias has an update on efforts to help those affected by the flood, and ways that you can contribute to the recovery effort.

Giving Thanks, Serving Others

This week, I had the distinct privilege of helping to serve dinner to Dove Springs residents at a great community Thanksgiving Dinner. Thank you to the Dove Springs Rec. Center for inviting me to participate.

It has been great to see this community come together during the tough times they have faced in recent weeks.

I had the honor to serve these families and see smiles on the faces of our neighbors as they enjoyed Thanksgiving as a community.

Thanks to all who helped make this great event happen.

Monday: KXAN Give-A-Thon

Out of the hardships faced by Dove Springs and other neighborhoods as a result of last month’s terrible flooding has come a tremendous outpouring of support and generosity.

I’m pleased to report that community leaders have mobilized and formed the Austin Relief Alliance, a campaign focused on raising awareness and funds for the rebuilding and re-furnishing efforts in Southeast Austin.

The Give-A-Thon will be held Monday, November 25 on KXAN from 4:30-10:30 p.m.

Check donations of at least $250 can be made out to Austin Community Foundation, Memo: Austin Flood Relief, and mailed to their office at 4315 Guadalupe Street, Suite 300, Austin, TX 78751. Tax deduction receipts will be sent to donors by the Austin Community Foundation.

Credit card donations of at least $10 can be made online. Tax deduction receipts will be e-mailed as soon as they’re processed.

Please give generously, and tune in to KXAN’s Give-A-Thon on Monday.

Austin-Travis County Flood Relief Fund Update

The devastation in parts of Austin and Travis County as a result of flooding is tremendous. Almost 1,400 homes were affected, dozens are uninhabitable, and over 530 have been tagged as unsafe or dangerous. Along with my colleague State Representative Paul Workman, I have spearheaded an effort to provide assistance and information to the citizens in the affected areas.

The Home Builders Association of Greater Austin, the Texas Association of Builders, and the Texas Builders Foundation are doing an outstanding job of supporting the rebuilding effort.

Donations to the Austin-Travis County Flood Relief Fund through the Texas Builders Foundation will assist those who were affected by the flood to rebuild their homes and their lives. Donations will be used to help families purchase building materials and pay rebuilding fees that are necessary to help them recover from the disaster.

Click here to donate securely online.

Spotlight On: Austin Firefighters Outreach Fund

Our Austin firefighters have been heroes throughout the floods and ongoing recovery. Not only did they save the lives of many people in our community — and a dog that had been missing for weeks — they have also generously donated to the relief effort.

To date, the Austin Firefighters Outreach Fund has donated over $20,000 to the recovery effort.

Their fund provides assistance to firefighters and their families impacted by an unexpected injury, and also provides assistance to Travis County residents who experience major catastrophes.

Thanks to our Austin firefighters for continuing to serve our community in so many vital ways.

Thanks Again

Thanks again for reading this week’s Notes and Noticias, and any support you can offer to the recovery efforts.

I look forward to seeing you in the community soon.