The City of Mission Viejo in partnership with many local non-profit organizations have launched a community-wide effort to help a middle school in a small Texas seaside town that was devastated by Hurricane Harvey.
Port Aransas is a city on Mustang Island on the Texas coast. It’s known for its Gulf of Mexico beaches and fish-filled waterways. Port Aransas was among those cities, where the storm roared ashore with 130 mph winds and wreaked havoc on everything from homes to boats to businesses and Brundrett Middle School.
Folks in the small town are not wasting any time rebuilding the coastal community, with the top priority of getting the schools re-opened. The City of Mission Viejo, which in 2011 launched a similar effort to help tornado-stricken Joplin, Missouri, is supporting this town and school after learning Brundrett Middle School received the brunt of Harvey’s wrath.
“We are working hard to assess damages, make repairs and get our facilities safe and ready for students and staff to return,” said Superintendent of Schools Sharon McKinney. “Our staff is still in the process of assessing our needs. The number one need is for monetary donations.”
You can help repair this Port Aransas school by dropping off monetary donations and gift cards (Target, Walmart, Barnes & Noble or Amazon) during operating hours at the Mission Viejo Library, Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center or any of the recreation and tennis centers. (Checks can be made payable to Mission Viejo Activities Committee)
Mission Viejo nonprofit organizations are also stepping up to help the Texas school including the YMCA, Nadadores MV Girls Softball, Rotary, MV Bocce Club, Mission Viejo Activities Committee, and Age Well Senior Services. Check back periodically to see other organizations who have joined the effort and additional ways you can help Port Aransas.
If you are a nonprofit organization or business and would like to help or become a collection point, contact the Mission Viejo Recreation & Community Services Department at 949-470-3061.