Houston, Texas, October 23, 2017 - Following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, residents of Del Webb Sweetgrass, an active adult community in Richmond for those ages 55 and older, returned home to find their community and homes unscathed by the storm. But others in surrounding areas outside the community were not as lucky and found themselves in dire need of relief.
Residents of Sweetwater rallied together, dedicating their time, resources, and energy towards helping with relief efforts for local victims of the storm. Several community groups spend their Labor Day collecting donations benefitting the Helping Hands, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting families and individuals suffering from hardships or crises.
“We collected over 3,000 pounds of food and toiletry items, at least 50 large bags of clothing items, and about $15,000 in donations,” said Duane Haines, a resident of Sweetgrass who led the donation drive. “This is an unbelievable result for this community of about 1000 homes.”
Food and clothing donations were distributed by Helping Hands in North Richmond. The money raised through their efforts benefitted Western Fort Bend County residents who were impacted by the storm, including several flood victims.
But their efforts did not stop there. Just a week later, Del Webb Sweetgrass’ social committee, along with the help of community staff and countless resident volunteers, hosted a “Donation Celebration” to continue their initiative. In less than a week, they planned and organized the fundraising event on the lawn of the Lakehouse, the community’s 27,000-square-foot amenity center, for hundreds in attendance. Local first responders joined residents and their families to celebrate their relief efforts and continue to give back to those still impacted by the storm.
Residents prepared and served 700 hotdogs, sides, desserts, and beer at the event. Food and drinks were provided through local sponsorships and donations to community groups.
Sweetwater residents raised over $16,000 to support two local charities, Common Threads and the Maime George Foundation. This totals over $30,000 raised by the community in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
“We have been blown away by the generosity the community and compassion of our residents in the midst of hardship among the greater community,” said Haines. “It has been wonderful to see the Sweetgrass community come together to help those in need.”
Del Webb Sweetgrass is nestled on 500 acres about 25 miles from downtown Houston, which opened its doors in February 2011. The community boasts a 27,000-square-foot amenity center, called the Lakehouse that features a fully staffed, recreation and fitness center; indoor and outdoor swimming pools; pickleball, bocce and tennis courts; amphitheatre and event law; indoor and outdoor kitchen areas; fishing pier and non-motorized lake access; state of the art computer classroom for life-long learning; and multi-purpose rooms for extensive health and fitness programming, such as yoga, pilates and Zumba, as well as for social clubs and countless community activities.
About Del Webb Sweetgrass
Nestled on 500 acres about 25 miles from downtown Houston, Del Webb Sweetgrass is an active adult community for those aged 55 and older. The community features single-family, one-story homes ranging from 1,130-2,640 square-feet and are priced from the $130s.
For more information about Del Webb Sweetgrass and the active adult lifestyle it fosters, visit delwebb.com/Sweetgrass or call toll free at call 877-695-9338.
About Del Webb
Del Webb is a national brand of PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM). Del Webb is the pioneer in active adult communities and America’s leading builder of new homes targeted to pre-retirement and retiring boomers. Del Webb builds consumer inspired homes and communities for active adults ages 55+ who want to continue to explore, grow and learn, socially, physically and intellectually as they look forward to retirement. For more information on Del Webb, visit www.delwebb.com.
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