Reaching out

In August and September, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma forged wide paths of destruction throughout Texas, Florida and the Caribbean. The horror residents faced cannot be overstated, but what is worth noting is that through these difficult times people came together to help those in need.

The news was filled with photos of volunteers from large organizations such as the American Red Cross and celebrities donating millions of dollars, but the roofing industry once again went quietly about its work of giving back to communities.

For instance, NRCA member SRS Distribution, McKinney, Texas, and its SRS Raise the Roof Foundation announced a fundraising campaign dedicated to the direct relief and support for those affected by the hurricanes. SRS Distribution said it would match 100 percent of all contributions received with all funds raised going toward supporting relief organizations or, on a limited basis, directly supporting hurricane victims. At press time, the company was hoping to reach a goal of raising $250,000 ($500,000 with the matching contribution).

In addition, NRCA member Beldon Roofing Co., San Antonio, was working directly with the San Antonio Food Bank to help feed thousands of Houston residents who fled the hurricane. And NRCA member TAMKO Building Products Inc., Joplin, Mo., donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross to assist with Hurricane Harvey disaster relief efforts in Houston and the surrounding area.