In recent weeks, major hurricanes struck Texas and Florida. The emotional, physical, and financial toll these devastating storms has on families can leave lasting effects, and the recovery efforts extend long after the storm has passed. The Southwest Association of Episcopal Schools quickly responded by offering resource information to schools in our association, pairing unaffected schools with affected schools to offer support and encouragement. St. Michael’s has volunteered to be a part of that outreach ministry. We now have a “sister” school in Houston. Holy Spirit Episcopal School is a preschool–eighth grade program with approximately 250 students enrolled. We have been in contact with the Head of School at HSES and are reaching out to help in multiple ways. So how can we help?
Although the school itself had only minor physical damage, members of their school community lost much. The Head of School has suggested that the greatest help would be gift cards that could be given to families as they begin to restore their homes and furnishings. This type of donation gives assistance to families to purchase what they need to replace and rebuild. Gift cards from Target, Walmart, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Visa, or Master Card, in any amount one chooses to donate, will be collected in the School Office and sent to Holy Spirit Episcopal School in Houston, Texas, for distribution. You may learn more about Holy Spirit at www.hses.org.
In addition, our students will be sending cards, student art, and photographs, offering our prayers and support as the recovery efforts continue this fall. Our Student Council has designated the September Mass collection for Episcopal Relief and Development, the outreach ministry of the Episcopal Church. Additional donations for both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma can be made through Episcopal Relief and Development, earmarked for Hurricane Relief, www.support.episcopalrelief.org.