Posted tagged ‘Hurrican Ike’

Houston – Why Help? – It’s simply the right thing to do

September 18, 2008

Friends, Family and Fellow Americans,

Can everyone really help after a hurricane?  I think yes.  

Innovative is pledging 5 percent of all Houston store orders to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief fund. That means your order from Innovative-Houston from now until the end of 2008 will aid the Gulf Coast recovery effort. 

Other than some roof leaks, our Houston office survived.  Others in the area aren’t as fortunate.  In fact, two of our Houston employees, Stephen and Jack, still are with relatives a week after Ike; their Friendswood homes without power or water. 

Innovative will make a minimum $5,000 donation to Red Cross regardless. Redirecting 5 percent of our customer orders to charity may not be a huge amount, but by God we can all be proud that we did something

Why?  Because we can.  Innovative isn’t a big company, but America is made strong by us little guys!

Our prayers and support go out to all those who find themselves rebuilding. 

I realize charity is a personal choice, and there are several legitimate, charitable organizations besides the Red Cross helping victims. Please consider the option presented below as just one of many ways you can quickly help.


Gene Gray, President,

Gulf Hurricane Victims Need Help; Consider Donating

September 17, 2008

We met with El Jeffe this morning. He wants to donate 5 percent of our Houston store revenue for the rest of 2008 to the Red Cross Hurricane Relief effort. Right now, we are figuring out how to implement that plan.

In the meantime, consider donating yourself. The email blast you see here was designed by Britt and will go to all of our customer contacts either today or tomorrow.

We realize charity is a personal choice, and there are several other credible relief agencies working to help hurricane victims as well. Thanks.

Could Be a Rough Weekend for Houston, Dallas

September 12, 2008

Just talked with Nick Roeder, one of our Houston sales guys. He was going to drive to Galveston this morning to watch the waves rise but that city now is under water. Nick says his apartment in the Medical District is on the fourth floor but has giant windows all across the front. Says he might be sleeping in the hallway tonight, when Ike is supposed to hit Houston around 1 a.m. Saturday.

Stephen Weatherley, IA’s Houston sales manager, lives further south and he and his family hit the road north yesterday — good thing, since his area was evacuated this morning. Jack Marsh, our ASG tech in Houston, faced mandatory evacuation this morning from his Clear Lake home. As of this morning, Jack and his family are staying with relatives on Houston’s north side.

Hurricane Ike will become a tropical storm Saturday afternoon after landfall and will bear down on Dallas and North Texas Saturday night.