CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - Insurance surveys showed that about 80-percent of the homes and buildings in Rockport and surrounding areas were destroyed or damaged by Hurricane Harvey.
The good news is, the rebuilding effort received some much needed financial help on Friday.
"The shingles blew off and then she had a lot of water damage," said Andrew Martin of Mennonite Disaster Service. "This only one of many."
The group came all the way from Pennsylvania to help work on people's homes.
"I think it's just, try to help people that are less fortunate than you," Martin said.
Mennonite Disaster Service brought manpower and lots of enthusiasm, but they can't work unless they have the materials to rebuild.
On Friday, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas came through with a major contribution to ensure the rebuilding continues in South Texas.
"We are very proud that our largest donation is going here to the Gulf Coast," said Dr. Esteban Lopez, Market President of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas.
They donated $500,000 to the recovery effort.
"It's important for us to be able to give back to the community. To make sure this community gets back on the road to recovery," Lopez said. "There's been a lot of attention to other parts of the state and we wanted to make sure that the attention was given here, where we know our dollars could go a little bit farther."
The recipient of the funds, the Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group, is making sure donations such as this get to the people who need it most.
"There are approximately 80,000 FEMA registrations in our region and we think that roughly 10-percent of those are going to have unmet needs," said Rev. Beth Tatum, President of the Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group.
They hope to fill the gap with donations from organizations like Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, and to make sure that money is used specifically to assist in rebuilding.
"Sheetrock and plywood, all those kinds of things that are needed and necessary for those folks who are the most vulnerable in our region," Tatum said.
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