Helping Victoria recover: Buda Main Street gives $2,300 for hurricane relief

The Buda Downtown Merchants Group, in partnership with the Buda Main Street Program, presented a check to the Victoria Main Street Program Tuesday, which will assist with rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Harvey.

Downtown Buda raised $2,300 in commemorative ornament sales and donations received during the holidays.

Mary Helen Barrick, Victoria Main Street program manager, came to Buda to accept the donation on behalf of Victoria Main Street.

“It means so much to us and I love the idea of Main Street Programs helping each other. It shows that this is such a good organization,” said Barrick.

Buda commemorative ornaments were created by Assemblage CCG artists, Theresa Jones and Jacqueline Hollis-Martinez, to sell.

All of the proceeds benefitted a sister Main Street City affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Victoria, which has a population of 67,670, had to cancel its primary fundraiser because of Harvey.

Victoria’s “Definitely Downtown” banners were destroyed during the storm, according to a city press release.

The program had to pay for the new banners in the face of decreased funding. In light of this information, the Buda Main Street Advisory Board voted to select Victoria as the recipient of these funds.

Barrick says the recovery efforts are ongoing.

“It is a process. We are strong and we are coming back bigger and better.”

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