The path of Hurricane Harvey destroyed and scattered many people's belongings. For Austen Meyer, who kept his items in a storage unit in Port Aransas, his belongings also gone except three boxes. One of them contains something very sentimental to him.
Meyer, who travels for his job as a government contractor, made the trip back to Port Aransas to pick up his items over the weekend. Today, he read a letter he wrote to his daughter 17 years ago.
"My dear Katy, it will be very many years from now before you will able to read this card. But I wanted to do something special in your life, something that will last through the years, so I decided to document the start of your crystal collection."
The letter, along with a set of Swarovski crystals, were stored in a unit for over a decade. But Harvey hit the Coastal Bend, sending a box of Meyer's belongings almost a half mile away. Karen Bentley found the box of items on her property shortly after the storm.? Her efforts in reaching out to the local news helped those meaningful items get back into the hands of its rightful owner.
"I lost everything, so I was surprised about two months later, that I got a phone call," Meyer said.
The phone call was from his co-worker who had seen his name and photo on the news. He reached out to Meyer shortly after.
"'We just saw your name blasted on the news media out here, is this you?'" Meyer said. "And they [co-worker] started naming off this, this and this, and I said, 'that's me, that's me, that's me.' He says, 'well they found a couple of your boxes.'"
Meyer was in South Carolina when he got the phone call in late October. After hearing his items were found, he contacted the news departments to claim his belongings.
But for Meyer, the conversation with his co-worker was an emotional one.
"It's not manly to say, but I cried," Meyer said. "It was like a big wave hit me."
Meyer lost about 50 boxes in that storage unit, except one of the boxes that had the most value.
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