A local family is taking matters into their own hands when it comes to helping flood victims more than 800 miles away. As Catherine Butschi, her brothers, Tommy and Steven, and her younger sister, Claire Stratton, watch the national news and weather about the flooding in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, they are watching the damage to their former hometown of eight years. These siblings want to help as many residents as possible of this devastated area by organizing a supply drive.
"It's been devastating to see what has been happening to my hometown," said Catherine, a rising freshman. "I would love to help all these people in this tragedy who are in need of assistance."
The family is asking residents of the Tyler community to stop by Robert E. Lee High School, located at 411 ESE Loop 323, in Tyler, on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 17 and 18, during the business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to drop off supplies for the flood victims in the campus main office. They are also having drop off hours in the parking lot each day from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. where drivers can drop off supplies to them without getting out of their vehicles. The students are asking for donations of toiletries, fans, clothes, canned goods, and cleaning products safe to transport.
The family is heading to the flood-stricken area on Thursday with as many supplies as possible. They are even looking into the possibility of renting a trailer if the supplies are greater then their minivan can hold.
Tommy is a rising Sophomore at Robert E. Lee High School; Claire, is a rising fifth grader at Jack Elementary; Catherine is a recent eight grade graduate of T. K. Gorman; and Steven is a recent college graduate of Brown University.