Two Harvey-related letters that should make us all feel a little better

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: The flooding of this area from Tropical Storm Harvey and the San Jacinto River Authority devastated our community between August 28 and September 1, 2017. Montgomery County volunteers came out by the thousands to do the work to help our neighbors, friends, and family after the terrible largely man-made flooding. The Golden Hammer received two wonderful letters during the past few days concerning the wonderful people who cared about the victims of the flooding. (The Yollicks’ home didn’t flood.)


“Dear Mr. and Mrs. Yollick,

“My name is *** *** (name withheld to protect the child) and I am a 6th grader at St. Mark’s. I can’t imagine how challenging it must be for you dealing with the aftermath of the hurricane. I hope you are safe in every way possible. I wanted you to know, from one Marksman to another, that my heart is with you.

“Wishing you the very best,

“*** ***”


“Dear Golden Hammer:

“I would like to give an account of an incredible act of kindness during the recent flood from Harvey. I left my home when the prediction was that it would probably flood, and I gave my neighbor a key and asked if he would please look after my house. This neighbor Former Sheriff Tommy Gage’s home is higher than mine so he and his family stayed.

“During the storm, my house took on water and Former Sheriff Gage, his wife, daughter and mother-in-law worked tirelessly in my house. They shop-vac’ed it, took out wet rugs, mopped, scrubbed, unpacked dishes from nasty-wet-soggy boxes, washed, dried, and folded lines, and the list goes on and on. they worked in my house for three days, and when I returned my house was livable. It still needs work, but there are no words that could express my appreciation for what they did.

“Thank you, Sheriff Gage and Family. You are awesome!!


Sharon Neely, Magnolia”



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