Bum Phillips Charities helps put together 30k meals for residents in need

Aid efforts are often centered on cities across Texas, but it’s residents living in rural areas who are often struggling the most after Hurricane Harvey.

William Zermeno is one of those residents. He and his wife lost their home outside the town of Goliad to Harvey – while they were inside.

“We were riding it out and we were looking out that back window, when all of a sudden we saw the roof go,” Zermeno recalled.

The family has lived in that home for the last 20 years. William’s wife has ancestors who helped found the town hundreds of years ago. That history makes their loss a little more painful.

“It’s hard,” William sais. “It’s just hard, very hard.”

Bum Phillips Charities is partnering with Operation BBQ Relief to help families like William and his wife. They are providing more than 30,000 meals for families in small towns without food or power this week.

“This is what we do we have to do to help our folks in need,” said Joey Smith with Operation BBQ Relief. “You can say it’s adrenaline – love – the good Lord above looking down and making sure we’re doing the right things.”

The operation is in need of some help, though. Volunteers are needed to help get the meals out to communities. For more information on how you can help out, call Nathan at 361-648-2712.

Meanwhile, there’s plenty to pick up for William and his wife. But still, they will pick up where they left off. History has proven they’re too strong to be swept away by a simple storm.

“We’re going stay here,” he said. “We’ll still be here.”