Three-year-old Jordyn Grace was found clinging to her unresponsive mother when rescuers arrived on Tuesday.
“Mama was saying her prayers,” Grace told a relative, Antionette Logan, while recovering on Wednesday in a Beaumont hospital. According to Logan, Jordyn and her mother, Colette Sulcer, were in the water for quite a while before Sulcer succumbed to the cold flood waters. “It’s a tragedy that her mama died,” Logan told The New York Times, “but it’s a miracle that Jordyn survived.”
According to The Times, many of those reported dead since Harvey’s landfall died from drowning. The death toll continues to rise (39 were reported dead as of Wednesday), and Katrina survivors who moved to Houston in the wake of Katrina’s aftermath are finding themselves facing painfully familiar traumas.
But Michael Skolnik wants to help. On Wednesday the activist and entrepreneur launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for Grace and her family. As of press time, the campaign had raised an extra $20K beyond its $100K goal.
“I don’t know this young girl or her family, but I feel the necessity to help them out during these very difficult times,” Skolnik writes on the GoFundMe page. “I will make sure the 100% of all money donated with go to Jordyn’s education and support. As someone who has given my entire life to social causes, I cannot sleep until we do something for this little girl. As a father, my heart is broken. Please join me in supporting this girl’s future.”
Donations can still be made by clicking here.
Want to learn about other ways to help? Check out CASSIUS’ Hurricane Harvey relief guide.