The Brother’s Brother Basis of the Pittsburgh Group gives catastrophe reduction to Texas – CBS Pittsburgh

By: Jessica Guay from KDKA-TV

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – As Texans continue grappling with winter weather issues, an organization in Pittsburgh is stepping up aid to those in need.

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A deadly winter storm hit Texas with snow, ice and bitter cold temperatures, resulting in power outages, burst pipes and water disruptions.

“This is worse than (Hurricane) Harvey and we lost everything,” said one woman who lives in Texas.

“It’s awful. We drove around in the car during the day with the heat on to keep us warm,” said Sylvia Cerda Salinas in McAllen, Texas.

Pittsburgh is now doing its part. The Brother’s Brother Foundation helps families in South Texas by working with the Coastal Bend Food Bank in Corpus Christi, the South Texas Food Bank in Laredo, and the Salvation Army in Beaumont.

Donations will enable these organizations to provide more food, water, shelter and utilities.

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“We conduct these types of responses using a relationship model where the local partners identify the most pressing needs. And the needs we hear are hot meal support as well as pantry. We also hear a need for assistance programs, ”said Liam Carstens, Program Director of the Brother’s Brother Foundation.

BBF donated $ 15,000 to the organizations on Thursday. They will offer more support as needs change.

“When we observe the needs when they come in, we can respond to what we hear. Some of the power has arrived, but many of the people in the counties where the food banks operate are still without electricity. So it’s really an evolving situation, ”said Carstens.

It can take a long time for the Lone Star State to return to normal. You can make a warm gesture by donating to the foundation here.

“We at BBF are delighted to be able to help those in need in Texas,” said Carstens.

BBF can physically bring items to Texas. It just depends on what is needed over time.

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Carstens said the Brother’s Brother Foundation is determined to continue its response to help those affected by disasters in the US and around the world. One hundred percent of the funds BBF has received for responding to disasters will be used to support emergency relief and logistics in affected areas.

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