Storm Update and Call to Action

Storm Update and Call to Action

On behalf of Richardson ISD, I want to bring
you an update on what we have learned last night and this morning regarding the status
of some of our students and families who have been deeply impacted by this week’s storm. Regarding our schools:
There were initially 15 schools without power. I am happy to report that all have been restored
except for one. I am standing in front of Richland Elementary
that is still without power; however, 648 students who normally attend here are thriving
at an alternate location on Beltline Road until regular operations are restored and
it is safe to return. Our Richland students are all being loved, having fun and they are learning. Thank you to the community and parents for
your patience and flexibility while we all work together with this alternate plan. You’ve all been awesome! But I’m here because I need to say something to everyone who this
video reaches – We have a very deep and great need. As of yesterday, we knew of 44 RISD students
who were displaced. However, as of this morning, that number has grown to over 100. This means that we have families that are
in temporary housing – but that will soon end. This means that we have students who are homeless
and have lost everything. This means that we have families who do not
have renter’s insurance and have lost furniture, clothing, and all of their belongings. This means that this is a dire situation in
our community, and we all need to respond quickly. Yesterday, I reached out to you through video
regarding Network of Community Ministries and today I want to provide a follow up – When
asked what the greatest needs are – their answer is money. They need to significantly increase their cash
flow in order to address the needs of those who are homeless and have lost everything. While we are so grateful for clothes, food and
other donations, the most impactful thing you as an individual or you as a business
can do is donate money. Here’s the Call to Action to all that this
video can reach. Please go to and you can make
a donation by clicking the blue “Make A Donation” button. Once you scroll down, select “For
the Biggest Need” and your funds will go directly to help our families and students. Please consider making a donation! Again, we have students who have lost everything
and they may not have a home for months. It is crucial that we do everything we can
to get them back on track so that they can recover and thrive again. Richardson ISD can provide them with a safe and engaging
environment for learning – we promise to continue doing that – but Network of Community
Ministries needs your help right now. They are our local, community, frontline resource.
And I give you my full assurance that they are caring, reputable, and trustworthy. Thank you all in advance for your generosity
and compassion. I know we can step up and make a difference — together. Thank you to our caring community and
our amazing business partners! I ask you to please share this video to all
who are in your reach. We’ve had so many inquiries asking
the question – How can we help? The answer is to give what you can to the
Network of Community Ministries. Thank you for your care and concern.

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