On the way home, I recalled the Beaumont mayor saying they needed blankets. Before, I knew it I found myself standing in a Fort Worth Wal Mart price checking blankets. If that big organization wasn’t going to immediately help, I was determined to figure out a way to hold my word. I found myself pulling Walmart associates to ask them how many of this blanket and that blanket they had in stock.
With frustration still set, I found myself on Facebook live. My emotions were running rampant. All the memories of my experience with Hurricane Rita revisited me. The hours of waiting in a Fema line to be giving a random apartment address in another city because your apartment complex is now inhabitable. The hours on hold with Red Cross because they…show more content… Donations were ordered from people living in over 6 countries (Vietnam, USA, Ethiopia, China, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates and Mexico). In such a short time, my sporadic Facebook Live rant became a global hurricane relief initiative. That morning, I walked into the Walmart with absolutely no clue of what to expect.
I must admit that at no point was this a one woman initiative. From the day I evacuated Houston, this was a team efforts. The team at Walmart #1455 lead by Assistant Manager Kristen Prater were a God send. I am sure they had never experienced such a situation, but they truly went above and beyond for the cause.
Dear Walmart CEO,
AM Kristen Prater at Store #1455 in Fort Worth, TX deserves a promotion. She ROCKS!
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Also, a big Thank You to my Nomadness Travel Tribe family who also added donated items to our cargo van.
The day was just beginning. All morning, I had been receiving messages that my hometown had become an island. There apparently was no way in and no way out. Residents were trapped in the flooded city of Beaumont. I was advised that maybe it would be best to try again the next day if water recedes.
Of course, my Aries stubbornness kicked in aka determination. I made