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After we had lived in Mason for about a year, I asked several people how long you have to live in Mason to be called a true Masonite. I asked this question to Doris Grote and she replied with a sweet smile, “Well at least 3 generations.” The same question was given to a parent of a high school student and she replied with a question, “Well, have you had your house wrapped yet? If the answer is yes, then you can call yourself a Masonite.” So I guess whether or not we are true Masonites yet is still debatable, but my family and I feel so honored to live here and call Mason our home. The story below describes the incredible spirit of Mason and why we feel so proud to live here.
When Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast, we all were appalled at the news reports of tremendous destruction caused by record-breaking rains and sustained heavy winds. Much of the attention after the storm focused on the Houston area because of the large amount of rain received in such a short amount of time. However, many small towns along the Texas coast had devastating damage but did not get the same amount of press coverage. One such town was our football rival, Refugio, which is located about 30 miles north of Rockport where Harvey made landfall. The eye of the storm passed just to the west of Refugio which resulted in 6 hours of 130mph sustained winds with gusts up to 150.
Many people from Mason were already helping hurricane victims, but the idea was floated around town to also help Refugio. Cason Dudney and Ella Canfield led the effort in high school by organizing a community-wide garage sale which raised a total $5,600. River of Life Church hosted its annual fish fry for all of Mason with all proceeds to go to the Refugio Hurricane relief effort. Another $7,300 was raised through this event. With other private donations a total of $14,900 was presented to Refugio ISD on October 13.
Led by Superintendent Melissa Gonzales, high school principal Brandon Duncan, and athletic director Jason Herring, Refugio ISD has served as the distribution center for donations coming to the city. Like Mason, no one knows the needs of the local families and goes the “extra mile” more than teachers, and this was very evident in our visit to Refugio. Several students had to live in the athletic facility at the school because their homes had been destroyed and their families were displaced. The teachers and coaches stayed with kids in the center for about a month after the hurricane hit.
When funds become available, a committee of teachers and administrators directs the donations to the families most in need. Funds specifically go to projects like roof repair, floor/carpet replacement, and heat/air-conditioning. A specific project that has received priority is the house of Casey Henderson, a varsity football player who unfortunately fractured his neck while playing a game. His family’s home which is located near the high school was completely destroyed by the storm. Thankfully Casey had a successful surgery and is making tremendous strides in his rehabilitation. When he is discharged from the hospital, the school wants to make sure that he has a “home to come home to.” The repair and reconstruction is coming along very well and a portion of the Mason donation has been designated for this good work.
It was very humbling to personally see the starting cornerback for the Mason Punchers, Cason Dudney, give the donation on behalf of Mason ISD to Coach Jason Herring. After a huge “bear hug” from Coach Herring, he introduced us to several of his players that had to live at the school after the storm. After more handshakes and hugs, they gave us a tour of a part of the school and the home of Casey Henderson.
The Refugio ISD Administration was incredibly humbled and thankful for the donation. They wanted us to express their extreme gratitude to Mason ISD as well as to all of the citizens of Mason. Despite of rivalry on the field, as Cason says so well, “Off of the field, we are on the same team.” They told us that we have friends in Refugio, and they would do the same for us.