October 1, 2020 – (HOUSTON) Hartman Income REIT Management Inc. (Hartman) donated $15,000 to those affected by Hurricane Laura.
Witnessing the destruction Hurricane Laura left in neighboring Louisiana, Hartman employees were reminded of the devastation that Hurricane Harvey left in Houston almost exactly 3 years ago.
Nearly one month has passed since Hurricane Laura; however, residents in the city of Lake Charles and surrounding areas are still struggling to find the necessary supplies to survive, rebuild, and take care of their families. Hartman employees recounted how their neighbors in Louisiana answered their need when Hurricane Harvey hit and took it upon themselves to help.
Hartman employees, led by Kimberly Strickland, Hartman’s COO, raised over $5,000 and an additional $10,000 was donated from Hartman’s benevolence fund. A fund established in 2016 as a way for employees to rally together and extend aid to others in need.
“It warms my heart to answer the call from our neighbors the same way they cared for us after Hurricane Harvey. Our employees’ generosity and the outpouring of love and support they’ve shown is truly admirable. We love and pray for all of those impacted in Louisiana.” said Al Hartman, Hartman’s CEO.
Using the employee donations, flashlights with batteries, cleaning supplies, dog food, Gatorade, trash bags, cat food, paper towels, toilet paper, sponges, vitamin water, diapers, and bleach tablets were all purchased. The other $10,000 was donated to the church to assist families in need, many of which were already struggling from the downturn in the economy due to Covid-19 prior to the Hurricane Laura’s arrival.
Kimberly and her husband David were led to a small community, north of the Lake Charles area by the name of De Ridder, in Beauregard Parish. On September 5th, Kimberly Strickland and two other Hartman employees made a trip to Lake Charles and met a local pastor to deliver and distribute the supplies.
Later, on Facebook, Pastor Michael Burkes shared, “Thank you to all that made this possible! We handed out over 125 food boxes. Plus, cleaning supplies, diapers, dog and cat food. Amazing what happens when God’s people come together!”
In the following weeks, Hartman employees made a second supply delivery and continue to show love and support to those affected.
If you would like to donate or buy supplies for De Ridder and surrounding communities in need, please contact Pastor Michael Burkes at email@example.com.
About Hartman: Hartman is a premier property management company in the Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio markets. Hartman has owned and operated commercial office properties since 1983, offering premium office space at attractive rates. With over 37 years of commercial leasing expertise in Houston, San Antonio and Dallas, Hartman knows exactly what their customers require. For more information, visit www.hi-reit.com.
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