Group collecting RV's for families displaced in Port Aransas
PORT ARANSAS -
Now that the Port Aransas Independent School District will re-open soon, the next question is where will the students and their families live?
One Port Aransas group hopes to provide displaced families with temporary homes in donated RV's.
"When they go back to school October 16th, I don't want them to look over and say 'Where is so and so where is he at?'" said Walter Sohl a resident of Port Aransas.
Sohl's home was damaged during the storm but it's still livable, he knows many others weren't as lucky as him.
"We all have a real long connection with this town. We are trying to do whatever we can to try and get the kids back here that don't have anything to come back to," said Sohl.
That is why Sohl and a group of volunteers are trying their best to collect money and, something a little unexpected, RV's to help out those families that lost it all.
"There is more than that that needs help, but we have to start somewhere, and that is our goal. That is where we are going to start," said Sohl.
Port RV park is teaming up with them and offering 20 RV spots at a discounted price for one year.
"We had a local RV park step forward and give dramatically reduced rates for the homes for displaced Marlins," said Sohl.
The group is giving first priority to families that have kids in the school district.
"They went to school on Thursday and then by Thursday at lunch they evacuated. By Friday night most of their houses were gone. They didn't even have time to get their stuff out," said Sohl.
So far, one RV has been donated and they have collected $28,000 in donations, but they hope they receive enough donations to help at least 20 families. In the end, they know this is still a temporary solution to a bigger problem, but they hope this helps those displaced families with a roof over their head.
"All they want is something to call home at the end of the day. someplace to put your fishing poles and your surfboard and go to school," said Sohl.