When Samantha Smith, marketing and promotions coordinator for the athletic department at Texas State, was driving from Austin to San Marcos Sunday night, she did not anticipate the consequences of the rain.
In response to the May 24 flash floods, which resulted in one fatality and 12 people missing, H-E-B and officials from the Texas State athletic department spent Monday morning delivering packages to those in need.
“Texas State is a part of this community, and what affects the community affects us,” Smith said. “We want to be there and show our support.”
The packages consisted of paper towels, cleaning supplies, food and water. H-E-B officials set up a mobile kitchen. Beginning at 8 a.m. this morning, members of the athletic department set up an assembly line to create the packages.
The American Red Cross provided vans to transport materials to people who were displaced after the flood, which damaged 1,200-1,300 buildings. Citizens pitched in, bringing pick-up trucks to aid in transportation.
Wimberley citizens were the primary target for the packages.
“People were really grateful and helpful,” Smith said. “(There were) people who were just crying and you could tell the help H-E-B was providing was definitely needed.”
Smith, who lives off North LBJ and Sessom Drive, has been without cable and Internet for 24 hours. The damage, however, pales in comparison to other citizens in San Marcos and Wimberley.
“To see that H-E-B was helping—in such a tiny form but in a big impact way—it makes me tear up just thinking about it,” Smith said. “We are going to help people when they need it.”
With a flash flood warning issued for most of Central Texas, Smith hopes to continue helping the community.
“I’m grateful to be in an involved community,” Smith said. “If something like that were to ever happen to me, I know somebody out there would have my back.”