Local pastor leading effort to help Houston by collecting gift card donations

Posted at 10:17 PM, Aug 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-29 23:25:06-04

A local pastor is leading a small, grassroots effort to help Texas.

Harvey hit especially close to home for Dr. Nathaniel Stampley, Pastor of Heritage International Ministries. Three of his sisters and dozens of nieces, nephews and cousins live in Houston.

"Some of them have been stranded," he said. "One of my nieces is stuck in a certain area, but she's safe. She's just unable to go anywhere, because of all the water."

Many others in Houston, are not safe. That's why Stampley is rallying Milwaukee to help, in the form of donated gift cards to give to families who've lost everything.

"We have pastors that we know personally there, and we will take the gift cards to the pastors, and distribute them to families so they can buy some new things," Stampley said. "Show them that Milwaukee cares. Donated items are great, but having a way to buy new stuff when you're struggling, can mean so much more."

Stampley and a few people from his church will drive the gift cards to Houston next week.

"We'll spend a few days to see how we can assist in helping, maybe transporting some people, just being of service," he said.

It's the kind of trip Stampley has experience with. He helped in Houston during flooding three years ago. He also went to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and Flint, Michigan during the water crisis there. He's also traveled to Haiti, Africa, and many other foreign countries in times of need.

"We're here to help," he said. "That's what life is about. When adversity hits in the form of acts of nature, the best of us comes out. "

His motto: It doesn't take rich men, but rich hearts. And he says Milwaukee has a lot of them.

"I must give credit to the good character of Milwaukee," Stampley says. "People here have always responded."

To donate money to Pastor Stampley's efforts, click here.

You can also drop off cash or gift card donations at Heritage International Ministries, located at 11th and Atkinson. Or call these numbers: 414-374-5292, 414-534-4450