MARBLE FALLS, Texas (KXAN) — Hundreds of mothers have created a vast network to provide much-needed help for people cleaning up after flooding along the Highland Lakes.
Becca Schafer started a Facebook group called the Marble Falls Mom Squad after identifying a specific need for some of her neighbors devastated by the flooding.
“We started noticing clothes, blankets, anything made of fabric was just inundated with mud, with debris, with leaves and with germs and bacteria,” Schafer said.
She created the Mom Squad thinking that only a few of her friends would want to join her and offer to do laundry for flooding victims. However, volunteers signed up in big numbers.
“When I went to sleep that night, there were literally five or 10 women in the group. When I woke up in the morning, there were literally 125 women,” Schafer said. “Now we are 200 moms strong and growing.”
It’s estimated that the Mom Squad has done about 700 loads of laundry to date. Tanis Jamar, a mother of five in Burnet, has already cleaned about 50 loads so far. She’s even using her children’s pool to soak the clothing and other items first before running them through her washing machine.
“We already do a thousand loads of laundry a day, so what’s another 50?” Jamar said, laughing.
Some of the Mom Squad members are also washing people’s dishes recovered from flood-damaged homes.
When the moms have returned the cleaned items to their owners, Schafer said the gratitude from them has been overwhelming.
“We have had people embrace us. We have had people in tears,” she said. “We have had people who feel like the only thing they have left are the memories that we’ve been able to restore for them.”
People who would like the Mom Squad’s help can now drop off items to be cleaned at the following Atkins Pharmacy locations in Marble Falls:
- 2607 US 281
- 701 Third St.