Wind damages non-profit dedicated to the disabled

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by Andrew Horansky / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on January 30, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 30 at 7:49 PM

HUFFMAN, Texas –  High winds created major property damage Wednesday at a non-profit organization located in northeast Harris County.  

The weather has not been kind to Roger Randall. Two years ago it was the drought causing problems, on Wednesday it was the wind.

“We try to keep rolling with the punches,” Randall said. “But boy, we’re kind of getting some black eyes from Mother Nature.”

Randall is president of Texas Adaptive Aquatics in Huffman. His non-profit allows people with disabilities to enjoy activities on Lake Houston, free of charge.

But the outlook grew dim on Wednesday, after two trees fell on his property.

One of them blocked a road. The other crushed a car and destroyed a jet ski.

Randall said he cannot operate without it.

“And so when, if the disabled skier goes down, the ski comes in with two people on it. And the guy off, gets him back in the ski, makes sure they’re good and safe,” Randall said. “It’s a major safety part of the program.”

For more than two decades, he has helped thousands of people with disabilities enjoy the lake.

“It’s the smiles that makes it all worthwhile,” Randall said. Now, he just hopes someone can help him.

He said his ski was a donation from Sea Doo. He believes it will cost $10,000 to $15,000 to replace.

More information on Texas Adaptive Aquatics can be found here: taasports.org.

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