Home Free

For: Nederland Church of Christ Disaster Relief Fund
Nashville, TN
Organizer: Home Free
$78,837
of $100,000 goal.
Raised by 1124 donors
78% Complete

The Story

Hurricane Harvey is one of the most costly hurricanes in American history.  In Texas and Louisiana, more than 30-trillion gallons of rain has damaged or destroyed more than 200,000 homes and totaled more than a million cars.

"As a Texan, I was heartbroken to see the effects of Hurricane Harvey," says our bass singer, Tim Foust.  "And as a native of Nederland, it's devastating knowing that 500,000 people have been affected in my community alone."

The Beaumont area is smaller than Houston, and as a result, they’ve received far less coverage in the media.

And so today, Home Free is proud to stand with Tim to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey, and in particular, Beaumont and its surrounding communities.

To get things started we have donated $20,000.00, and we are challenging our fans to come together to match that amount.

Update: Thursday September 7 at 10:00pm PDT... holy cow! We are blown away by the feedback and support this campaign has received. It touches our hearts so much that fans helped raise more than $20,000.00 on top of our donation. We're just getting this organized and will be reaching out to thank everyone this weekend. We're going to move the goal to $100,000.00 of a total raise by September 29, 2017.

The money raised through this YouCaring campaign will go to the Nederland Church of Christ Disaster Relief Fund and the Southeast Texas Food Bank, both of whom are doing amazing work in the Beaumont area.  Tim's family is still in Nederland, and his mother and sister have been actively volunteering with hurricane relief.  They will be personally overseeing the Church of Christ efforts.

While Tim's mom, Dena, and his childhood home are fine, many in surrounding communities are not.  Beaumont lost its entire supply of clean water.  Several schools are closed indefinitely.

The money raised here on YouCaring will go to help Southeast Texas get back on their feet.  Food, water, shelter, school supplies, beds, cleaning supplies, tools, etc - there are so many things that they need right now.  And we're working with folks on the ground there to make sure they get them.

The Nederland Church of Christ Disaster Relief Fund is a brand new entity, established for this endeavor.  It is a Texas-based 501(c)(3) pending corporation, meaning that your donation should be tax deductible.  Organizers have filed the appropriate requests with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Texas tax authorities for tax-exempt non-profit status.  We expect this will take 4 to 8 weeks to complete, making donations tax deductible for the 2017 calendar year.

And in this tough time, we want to bring some levity and joy to the lives of everyone who is just now beginning the process of rebuilding as well as celebrate the way we've seen Texans come together to help one another.  So, we’ve recorded a special version of The Little Texas song, God Blessed Texas.

All the proceeds from the sales and streams of that recording will also be going to benefit Southeast Texas.

Be sure to look out for that in the next couple of days.

Texas, we love you. We stand with you. We’re ready to help.  And we know all our Home Fries are with you, too.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on September 8, 2017

Posted on September 8, 2017

We know we have the best fans in the world.  Today was a stunning example of your generosity.  You helped us reach our goal of raising an additional $20,000 in less than 10 hours.

We're moved to tears over your generosity and outpouring of support.  This is a very personal thing for us.  Fans coming together like this is very special. 

We're also thinking about all those in the Caribbean, Florida, and Georgia who are now in Irma's path.  The devastation we're seeing in some parts of the Caribbean is heartbreaking.  Austin and Chance have a lot of family in Florida who are in the process of evacuating, as Irma makes it way to land fall on Sunday.  It seems certain at this point that Irma will also do critical damage to parts of Florida and Georgia.

And so, the interest of continuing to build support, we're re-setting our goal to now raise $100,000.00 by September 29.If we hit that goal, we'd like to give $20,000.00 to Hurricane Irma Relief in Florida.  We're investigating local organizations and partners at this time in preparation for the disaster relief efforts that will need to be underway soon.  If we surpass the goal of $100,000, that means that the Nederland Church of Christ, the Southeast Texas Food Bank, and the relief organization in Florida would all receive more money!

We are excited to be able to provide the resources to start cleaning up and rebuilding southeast Texas, and hopefully Florida as well.  We will send updates next week as we begin organizing with local organizations participating in disaster relief.

Much Love,

Home Free

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