SouthStar Communities is especially grateful to our military personnel who fight for our freedom and sacrifice so much for our country.
To honor these American heroes, SouthStar has partnered with Operation FINALLY HOME, which provides wounded and disabled veterans with new homes. To date, 11 properties have been provided to this worthy cause in SouthStar neighborhoods across Texas.
With help and support, Operation FINALLY HOME will be able to continue to give America’s wounded war heroes a home that will help them succeed in their challenging new world so they may ultimately enjoy a productive and rewarding life.
Those who watched the Houston Texans’ first home game of the season or caught the highlights on the news saw JJ Watt burst onto the field carrying the Texas flag, to the raucous cheers of more than 71,000 fans. Watt became a national hero in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, spearheading a charity spree for those who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey. What was intended to be $100,000 in matched funds is now more than $31 million raised thanks to all those Watt was able to inspire. SouthStar Communities is among them, having donated $10,000 to the JJ Watts Houston Flood Relief Fund, it was announced by SouthStar Chief Operating Officer (COO) Thad Rutherford.
“Our hearts and minds are with the people of Houston and The Gulf, many of whom lost everything during the catastrophic Hurricane Harvey,” he said. “We have been so impressed by everyone’s generous responses to aid our neighbors and are focused here at SouthStar on helping the area heal.
In the Summer of 2015, Texas experienced historic and devastating floods affecting more than 45 counties in the state. Southstar inspired donations to be made through the Red Cross by SouthStar Communities residents in the communities of Vintage Oaks and Havenwood in the Texas Hill Country, King Oaks in Bryan-College Station, Lake Ridge and Sugar Tree in Dallas and Mission del Lago in South San Antonio, and raised $6,870. Southstar then matched the funds that were raised, for a grand total of $13,740. This money was used to help flood victims purchase staples like food, clothing, and other necessities that were lost in the floods.
Southstar also contributed to the Red Cross at the Hike the Hills event in 2017.
At the Annual Holiday parties, residents bring unwrapped toys to donate to the local Toys for Tots organizations. Over the years, Southstar has delivered countless truck beds full of toys for local families in need during the holidays.