October 9, 2019

Volunteers donate to help victims of Imelda’s wrath

By KPRC TV Reporter Brandon Walker

A caravan of vehicles snaked through a vacant parking lot Wednesday on Houston’s south side. It was a drive-thru, one that required a wait due to demand, but not for fast food. This drive-thru aimed to deliver must-haves to local families working to recover from Tropical Storm Imelda.

KIPP staff and volunteers

“Any little thing that helps,” remarked Connie Juarez as she pulled up to collect boxes of water, cleaning supplies and food.


Imelda claimed her family’s vehicle. Her husband trekked through high water during his drive home from work in Baytown. The water got into the car’s muffler. While her husband made it home, a neighbor’s knock at the door confirmed flames had engulfed the car.

“Maybe 30 minutes after he parked the car, they were knocking on my door saying, ‘Your car is on fire.’ I said, ‘Let me get the water hose.’ They said, ‘No. No. You don’t understand. Your car is gone,'” Juarez said, driving the family’s new SUV, for which she was thankful. See the full story here.