We have all seen the images of devastation after hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
Families escaping their homes on boats, Coast Guard helicopters rescuing so many, homes destroyed, cars swept away, endless crowds in emergency shelters. I flew from Boston to Houston right before hurricane Harvey, and while I was personally very fortunate to only see minor yard damage - several friends lost their homes, and some ended up having to be rescued off their roof to get to safety. It was really an unprecedented rainfall event for the city of Houston.
What we see less often however, is the aftermath that affects so many families and stretches for weeks and months, and sometime years. Families living in damaged homes for months, in some cases without power, while doing repairs, or confined to a section of the house while the rest is being remodeled. Some families are able to get assistance, either from insurance, or available entities, Federal aid, or from family and friends - but many of them have access to no assistance at all, or do not qualify because of the many loopholes. I know all too well the predicament after a hurricane or a flood or fire - I myself lost a house to a natural disaster once - and my heart goes out to the many people who have lost so much and don't even know where to begin.
As I was driving down the road in Houston right after the storm, going out to help friends demolish sheet rock and try to salvage their belongings through the muddy waters - I kept seeing the devastation in so many neighborhoods. Weeks later, walking through areas where everyone is trying to rebuild, I realize that while the rest of the world has gotten back to their normal day to day - life here is very far from being back to normal, and for some of these families it will take a long time to get there. Although debris is being cleaned up and construction is in progress to get the area back to a resemblance of normal, many families are still displaced, small businesses still have no work while they rebuild their locations and equipment, and so many people are literally camping in their own home waiting for repairs to be completed.
But as always in the wake of a disaster - people come together to help. Together, we rise. Together, we rebuild. The Mayor of the City of Houston established a recovery fund to assist the victims of hurricane Harvey, and this is where we come in. While we have created gift calendars for clients in the past years - we decided to open the calendar sales to the public this time, and to contribute 100% of the proceeds, after printing costs are covered, to the recovery fund.
And because we want to reward everyone who contributes to making our donation a success, we created a product that we are extremely proud of!
This is not the floppy paper calendar you may buy in a department store: it is a fine art product printed on premium material. The calendar and the planner include different selections of fine art images (landscapes, cityscapes, details) printed on high quality pearl paper, and monthly planning pages with major holidays, lunar cycle, and 2-months quick view. You can have an idea of the type of images by looking at our Fine Art section. The paper is as thick as art print photo paper, with a UV-coated pearl finish, and at the end of the year you can select the prints you like best and frame them to create beautiful room décor.
Calendars and planners are pre-order only, all items will go to print in late November, and will be delivered to your doorsteps by December 20, on time for your gifting plans.
Here we go, you have all the details, and you can always contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. The ordering window is open until November 10th - go grab your calendar now or click on the button below and help us help others!