A different kind of mission for 8DOH

Monday, March 1, 2021
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

frozen water pipesA disaster relief ministry is headed to Texas to help residents who are still recovering from the recent deep freeze – but this time the ministry is only looking for volunteers with specific skills.

Texas is known to get some snow and cold weather, but it had been a long time since they saw anything like two weeks ago:

Various voices in a Fox 4 report:
"Pipes are bursting all across Texas following the once-in-a-generation winter storm …. a countless amount of flooded homes."
"And it's basically flooded all throughout the whole house."

Even two weeks later, some Texans are without clean, running water. As it has done numerous times before, Eight Days of Hope is on the way to help. But this time, CEO Steve Tybor says, they're not looking for chainsaws and sheet-rockers, or even people to organize lunch lines.

Tybor

"I was talking to a widow today; she lives right outside Austin," he shares with One News Now. "She has a plumber who she works with and has worked on her home. He's 90 days out. He's telling her that he can't get there for 90 days."

So, Eight Days of Hope is looking for plumbers.

"We're getting ready to deploy plumbers," Tybor explains. "These are licensed plumbers, certified plumbers, plumbers who might be apprentices working their way [up] so they can work alongside a licensed plumber."

Volunteers will be going door to door in Dallas, Houston, Austin, and other freeze-ravaged parts of the Lone Star State – and they're not going in empty-handed.

"As soon as we heard of the need, we just went in other states and bought plumbing supplies – thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars of plumbing supplies that we are going to send in with the plumbers," Tybor adds.

Plumbers and apprentices who want to volunteer can find information here.

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