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News for Your Classroom > News > Airlifting Hope to Houston

Members of the Austin Disaster Relief Network in Texas sort supplies to be flown to nearby Houston for victims of Hurricane
Harvey.
Photos courtesy of the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps

SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

Airlifting Hope to
Houston
A Kid Reporter tells how one Texas community is
helping storm victims.
BY TRUMAN HAMADE | FOR THE SCHOLASTIC NEWS KIDS PRESS CORPS

On a recent cloudless afternoon in central Texas, a twin-engine jet


circled above the Georgetown Municipal Airport. Pilot David
Jim McMahon

Robertson was preparing to land after traveling about 400 miles


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to Houston and back. He had delivered supplies to Houston for news stories
people affected by Hurricane Harvey. SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

The major hurricane made landfall near Rockport, Texas, in late Airlifting Hope to
August. The storm traveled into Texas and moved very little for Houston
four days. During that time, some areas saw more than 40 inches A Kid Reporter tells how one
of rain. Texas community is helping
The hurricane was one of the most destructive storms in United storm victims.
States history, causing an estimated $200 billion in damage along > Read More
the Gulf Coast. Homes, businesses, and roads in Houston and
several other cities were flooded, and at least 82 people were
AUGUST 9, 2017
killed.
Inside Charlie and the
COMMUNITIES HELP OUT Chocolate Factory
On the day of my visit to the Georgetown airport, volunteers were A Broadway musical serves up
filling boxes and plastic bins with donated food, water, and delicious treats.
household supplies. They were part of the Austin Disaster Relief > Read More
Network (ADRN), a group that formed in response to the
hurricane. JULY 26, 2017
Kid Reporter Truman Hamade with
volunteers Ren Banglesdorf and
The community came together to provide help for the victims, Disney Gives Fans a
Derick Zwerneman
said Derick Zwerneman, an ADRN volunteer. Glimpse of the Future
The entertainment giant
Flooded roads in and around Houston presented a challenge at announces plans for its theme
first. But the ADRN found a solution. Ren Banglesdorf, chief parks, including new attractions
executive officer of Charlie Bravo Aviation in Georgetown, on the galaxys edge.
organized a group of volunteer pilots. > Read More

Were able to fly in and deliver water and other supplies even
when the roads are closed, Banglesdorf said. Were sending
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about 150 private planes each day loaded with things that people
need.

Members of the Texas National Guard and Red Cross meet the
planes and distribute the supplies to people in need.
Truman in the cockpit of a plane about
to head to Houston with supplies KIDS PITCH IN

Inside the airport hangar, pilots got a chance to rest while


volunteers packed supplies for the next shipment. Meghan Smith, 10, of Georgetown, and several other
kids were lending a hand with boxes.

Ever since the storm hit, I wanted to do something to help, Meghan said. Im glad I could be here.

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