Scouts from Troop 772 heard about the devastation from Hurricane Harvey in Houston and wanted to see how they could help. Maggie Holly, the mother of Boy Scout Troy Holly, works for TongueOut, a nonprofit organization that travels around the world visiting countries that need assistance with medical care. With Houston being the first outreach located within the United States, Troop 772 wanted to support those affected. Only having room left for three, which would complete the 40-person medical team of doctors, nurses, EMT, pharmacists, Troy Holly, Egan Anselmo and Jericho Tran were selected to join the mission.
Arriving on the 8th of September, the Scouts went straight to work. They helped to set up clinics, sorted medicine and prepped medical care packages. They continued to work until 3am and started Saturday at 6am. The TongueOut medical team went into the communities and assisted those needing medicine and delivered the care packages made the day before. The OC Scouts listened to the stories of those affected while the medical team checked patients. Scouts heard all sorts of difficult and saddening stories, but these conversations seemed to be very therapeutic for the storytellers. With many just wanting to be comforted and heard, the Scouts were there to fill that void.
Even after being excused Saturday afternoon, the Scouts refused to stop working until they traveled home on Monday, September 11th. The three, along with the whole team, assisted clearing out the damage done to houses. The team were on the ruined floors, cleaning, smashing walls, ripping out dry wall and moving furniture. Being touched by the generosity, one homeowner stated, “Oh my gosh! You guys are strangers and you are helping us! This is so wonderful!” then proceeded to give the volunteers hugs. This eye-opening experience was filled with emotion and reward for the Scouts. Going above and beyond volunteer requests, Holly, Anselmo and Tran truly showed how Scouting can make a difference in a community.