As you are aware, Hurricane Harvey dumped massive amounts of rain within a few short days over Southeast Texas last week, causing catastrophic flooding. I saw a statistic related to one of the hardest hit counties which stated, “In the past four days, Harris County has been hit by enough rainwater to run Niagara Falls for 15 days.” The resulting floods inundated hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced more than 30,000 people, and prompted more than 17,000 rescues. The price to recover is astounding. More sadly, the death toll is at 60+ and rising.
Many of us in the Metro NY area are experiencing flashbacks of the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy back in October 2012. The mangled, sludge-filled homes along streets lined with mountains of debris is heartbreaking to witness once again. As we know all too well, it will take years for many of Harvey’s victims to recover from a natural disaster such as this, if at all.
Incredibly, it is in the darkest of times when the human spirit shines the brightest. People from all over America and around the world are donating what they can to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. This also includes many of our own team members who have expressed their desire to help. In the Withum Way spirit to ‘give back,’ we are donating $10,000 from the Withum Staff Hardship Relief Fund to the United Way Relief Fund. The United Way is taking an active role in the recovery of the affected area, and we hope this small gesture will be one of many which will help the Harvey victims to be in a position of strength once again.
I am humbled by the generous hearts of our Withum family. If you aren’t a contributor to the Hardship Relief Fund, please consider making a routine contribution via payroll deduction by contacting the payroll department for information.
Thank you for your willingness to help others who are in need.
Let’s all hope that our friends in Florida fare better with Hurricane Irma.