A disaster relief organization is in the final planning stages for its largest effort ever, this time in flooded Texas homes.
After flood waters from Hurricane Harvey pounded the Houston area in 2017, Eight Days of Hope is preparing to flood the community with approximately 3,500 volunteer workers.
The volunteers are expected to work on as many as 800 homes and also rebuild a youth baseball complex.
Eight Days co-founder and executive director Steve Tybor says they will be blessing families with brand new furniture, mattresses, appliances, and other goods.
"We normally go for eight days hence the name Eight Days of Hope,” Tybor tells OneNewsNow. “But from March 10 to 24 we plan on bringing over 3,500 people from all over America, and other countries, to Southeast Houston."
Hurricane Harvey dumped record-breaking rainfall on the Houston area last summer, damaging an estimated 350,000 homes at a cost of $160 billion. Approximately 80 percent of the homeowners don't have flood insurance.
Eight Days began as a one-time mission trip for Tybor and a few friends after Hurricane Katrina pummeled the Gulf Coast.
After responding to many other natural disasters across the U.S., Eight Days added a quick-response team that worked in Houston for weeks. So the upcoming work is the organization's second attempt to help Texas flood victims.
"Our hope and goal is to love and serve people in need,” he says, “by rebuilding a house, furnishing it with new furniture, and fixing a ballpark in a community that doesn't have the resources to fix it."
Information on volunteering can be found here.