“What the Church did to come in and help the community was incredible. . . because if they hadn’t, I can tell you thousands of people would have been put back for months and months, not only financially, but with a place to live," Astros senior vice president over corporate partnerships Matt Brand said at the June 18 game honoring Mormon Helping Hands volunteers.
At the end of the third inning of the baseball game between the Houston Astros and the Tampa Bay Rays at Minute Maid Park in Houston on June 18, the PA system blared: “We’d like to welcome our Group of the Game from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. During Hurricane Harvey, there were as many as 16,000 Mormon Helping Hands volunteers working around Greater Houston each day and provided over one million man-hours of service. Thank you for your service!”
Nearly 5,000 Church members, most wearing the Helping Hands yellow shirts or vests, went wild as the cameras panned across the cheering crowd, flashing it on the 124-foot-wide big screen.
“This night is not about us,” said Elder Sean Douglas, Area Seventy for the Houston region. “This should be a recognition of everyone who participated in helping after Hurricane Harvey.