Cotton Foundation Assists Goodyear Employees Rebuild After TROPICAL STORM Imelda
October 7, 2019
On September 19, 2019, Tropical Storm Imelda landed in southeast Texas and quickly became the fifth wettest rainfall event in the country. The City of Beaumont alone reported that 1,818 homes and 199 commercial buildings were flooded in the storm.
Among the 199 affected buildings was the Goodyear Chemical Plant, which had to be shut down after receiving 42 inches of rain in 24 hours. Located just outside of Beaumont, the plant employs over 600 residents of the area, 43 of which were personally affected by the floods.
After hearing about the 43 associates and their damaged homes, Cotton Foundation wanted to help these families return to normalcy as soon as possible. On Monday, October 7, 2019, the Katy, Texas-based nonprofit deployed two trucks full of building materials to the Goodyear plant. The trucks, which carried 375 sheets of drywall and 90 bags of insulation, were greeted by the plant’s associates who then helped unload the material and distribute it to their affected colleagues.
Cotton Foundation is dedicated to Restoring Hope to children and families affected by disasters and life-altering illnesses. As the foundation grows, so will its reach and initiatives. Beginning in 2020, the foundation’s disaster recovery efforts will focus on making “kind in-kind” donations: donating requested items in sufficient quantities and delivering supplies directly to communities in need, as demonstrated in Beaumont.