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Lockheed Martin Employees Help Locals Recover From Harvey

Lockheed Martin Employees Help Locals Recover From Harvey

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Michael Antonelli, Staff Reporter

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During the aftermath of hurricane Harvey, the local branch of Lockheed Martin, a prominent space engineering company, sent out its employees to assist several Harvey victims. For some members, this included bringing family with them on Saturday, September 2, when they went to League City to help clean out the survivors’ homes.

“We pulled out flooring that had been damaged during the flooding. Then we started pulling out the drywall,” said Danny Antonelli, son of a Lockheed Martin employee. “[We] used a paring knife to cut the top of the drywall and a hammer to knock holes in it and just pulled it out.”

Lockheed Martin employees made significant progress on cleaning out the homes they were sent to, leaving the residents grateful for the help. However, Antonelli and his family did not stop there when it came to helping victims recover.

“First we went shopping at Walmart for products that we knew were needed to help with the relief efforts, such as diapers and clothes for young kids, and we dropped it off at a local school,” Antonelli said. “Later, we went with my dad to work with his company, Lockheed Martin, to help a woman named Gloria and her family, whose home had flooded. By the time we initially got there, lots of rubble had already been dragged into the yard, so we mostly helped cut out drywall and move valuable items to safer places within the house.”

Despite the fact that the Lockheed Martin employees received instruction from their company, volunteering at the homes of nearby victims and assisting them is a job anyone can do.

“Just support everyone [affected by the flood] in any way you can. If you have any extra hours of any time, just use it to go help. Maybe if you work at a restaurant, you can find a way to donate food to those who lost their homes,” Antonelli said.

The effects of Harvey’s disastrous path through Houston are far-reaching and will likely take years to fully dissipate. However, every hour spent working to recover from the storm makes a huge difference: not only to the efforts as a whole, but to each individual whose life is made easier because of the assistance provided by those who are willing to help.

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