It’s now been over a week since Hurricane Harvey started it’s destructive turn across the Texas Gulf Coast, leaving in it’s wake tens of thousands of destroyed homes, displaced people and tired souls. I’ve weathered hurricanes before, it’s practically a part of life in coastal Texas, but this was something different.
Harvey had malice. And two left feet that kept him from leaving the area where he was definitely unwanted. My wife and I were spared damage and water but too may friends can’t say the same. Watching my city gasp for air as reservoirs overspilled was almost too much to bear. The people of Beaumont and Port Arthur are still without a fully functioning water supply. Rockport, Corpus Christi and Port Aransas were nearly flattened by wind and rain.
This wasn’t normal. It will take years to rebuild.
I’ve had numerous friends from outside Texas ask how they can help and I’ve answered by pointing them to community organization like BakerRipley that will be a part of the rebuild process for years to come. But the truth is, after you’ve given your money, why not come to Houston or the Texas Gulf Coast. Whether you come to help clean up or just to experience some of the many wonderful sites, money from tourism is exactly what this area needs right now.
Journey & Play is all about travel with a purpose, so come and see what Houston has to offer. Inspired by the stories of neighbors helping neighbors? Come see that neighborly love for yourself. We definitely need money to get the rebuilding process started, but we also need you. Restaurants, stores and attractions survive off of local patrons, many of whom will be pressed for cash as they rebuild. So why not come to Houston and help pick up the slack.
From Johnson Space Center, our many professional sports teams and some of the best food in the world, Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast has a lot to offer. So if you’re searching for a getaway, come see what makes us different.
We may be hurting right now, but that will pass. See we’re #HoustonStrong and we’re not going to let a cataclysmic storm keep us down. Just you wait and see.
Check out visithouston.com to learn about the many reasons you should come and visit Houston.