When Hurricane Harvey made landfall – twice – on the Texas Gulf Coast, Corpus Christi was one of the cities that felt the initial impact.
About 50 high school drill team members, though, had plans to visit Kilgore Oct. 7 for the third annual Drill Team Day and Perform with the Rangerettes, put on by Coast2Coast Productions.
Co-owners Megan DeHoyos and Angela Aulds, who are both Houston natives, saw the need and reached out to the director to make sure the young dancers had every opportunity to participate.
“We don’t want anything to get in the way of that,” DeHoyos said. “We know they were looking forward to it… Just a small gesture that we can do to help have a bright spot for this team that they can come here and be a part of something that’s happy.”
With help from Kilgore Screen Printing Co., the participants’ meals and shirts will be sponsored , she said.
The former Rangerettes said they want the day to be a “bright spot” for them amidst the destruction Hurricane Harvey caused to their town. The women are waiting to hear from the drill team director in Corpus Christi to better understand the situation and if they need any other resources, such as transportation to Kilgore.
Both DeHoyos and Aulds have family members who have been affected by the flooding in Houston and said they keep checking in with their loved ones to understand the situation.
Aulds said her sister, who is a drill team director in the Houston area, told her the best thing people can do is donate money through the Red Cross because no resources can be delivered to them yet due to the flooding.
“You feel a little helpless,” she said.
“We feel very helpless, and it’s very hard for us to be separated,” DeHoyos added, noting some of her family members have lost everything. “We have been through this and we’ve never seen anything like this. We’ve grown up with tropical storms, this is not what we’ve ever experienced before. Lots of prayers and lots of hope for well being and for people to make it out on the other side.”