The Lighthouse Charity Team, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, began in 1984 to join people together and help others. Over the years, they have expanded to two locations, Friendswood and Galveston, and continue to provide equipment, volunteer labor, meals and fundraising for charitable organizations and those in need. The Lighthouse Charity Team helps to fill in the gaps for children, families and nonprofits in need. But another important part of what they do is emergency and disaster response.
When emergencies and disasters strike, there can never be enough assistance to those affected. Lighthouse Charity Team aims to respond as quickly and directly as possible.
Some of the emergencies and disasters that Lighthouse Charity Team has assisted in include the space shuttle tragedy in Nacogdoches, Hurricane Ike, Hurricane Rita in Friendswood, Bastrop wildfires and the Oklahoma tornadoes.
After the Bastrop wildfires, The Lighthouse Charity Team sprung to action when they were contacted about a fire pit to help produce meals. They were able to find one and feed thousands of people three meals a day because of it.
Joe Giusti, a Galveston County Constable, explains that he put Tommy Maffie of the Galveston PD in contact with Lighthouse on a Wednesday and by Wednesday night, Lighthouse had “Operation Bastrop“ up and running.
“Thursday at the Lighthouse I saw 50-80 volunteers, servicing and loading trucks and trailers, and cooking what we could. We were serving by Saturday morning. We served and delivered over 1500 meals per day. Tommy asked for a pit — thanks to the Lighthouse, he got that pit and so much more,” said Giusti.
Tommy Maffie describes how truly helpful The Lighthouse Charity Team was.
“The worry of ordering food, preparing and serving each meal had now been taken off our back and we were able to focus on assisting with the public service aspect.
I was truly impressed and proud that a community could come together so fast and provide such valuable assets to a region in need,” he said.
David Smith, the Mayor of Friendswood, was also impressed with The Lighthouse Charity Team’s ability to quickly act when their services were needed the most.
“In areas where the city and the county have seen needs after a storm and recovery situations, The Lighthouse Team has been there to help pick up the pieces and provide a means of swift help and recovery when it wasn’t going to come from anywhere else,” Smith said.
Ken Sterns, who spent years researching the best and most effective charities for his book, “With Charity for All,” said donating to reputable, well-established charities also helps victims of the next disaster.
“I think most charity experts recommend giving cash donations, but I also tell people that in fact the most valuable contributions are not the contributions made after the fact, but contributions that allow charities, especially disaster relief organizations, to prepare for helping the victims of the next disaster,” Sterns said. “We don’t know who they are. We don’t have a face on them. But we know they are coming.”
About The Lighthouse Charity Team
Lighthouse Charity Team relies on private individual and business donations, private endowment and foundation grants to meet their mission of “People Helping People.” There is an application process to evaluate each individual case they take on, but volunteers are always welcome.
“There has never been a donation too small or large over the past 29 years — they always seem to be the right size at the right time. It is amazing when we reflect back over the years of how all of the pieces seem to have fit together like a puzzle,” said founder, Dick Daugird.
To learn more about how you can help, visit our website at www.LighthouseCharityTeam.com, call us in Friendswood at 281-482-9400 or Galveston at 409-740-1212 to visit our Operation Centers.