On August 25 we experienced one of the worst hurricanes in Texas history as Hurricane Harvey hit the coast. In the aftermath of Harvey the entire country witnessed the vitality of America’s civil society and the strength of the ties that bind us together as a people: complete strangers came together to help out their fellow citizens–many going so far as to risk their lives in order to save someone they hadn’t even met.

These examples of people helping each other truly show America at its best.

One of our Heritage colleagues, Steven Lawrence, traveled down to the affected regions of South Texas after the storm and below is the story of what he saw.

Last Wednesday, a week and a half after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, my father and I traveled down to a little town called Orange, Texas to deliver donated supplies to a local community.

Orange is a community just 30 miles north of the Texas coast that received massive destruction and flooding from the hurricane.

As we got closer to Orange we began to see evidence of the flooding.

Members from the church form an assembly line to unload supplies

We passed houses that had all of their furniture and belongings out on the front lawn, fences that had been covered in water, and roads that were still closed.

Once we arrived at the church we pulled our trailer across a muddy field to unload the supplies at the church’s gymnasium.

Almost 20 members of the church came out and helped us unload the trailer–assembly line style.

They were using the church as their base of operations as they start the rebuilding process in their town.

It was inspiring to see how strong their spirits were during this crisis and heartbreaking to hear how devastated their community was from the flooding.

In many cases water was still standing in their homes keeping them from being able to start cleaning them out.

As I moved case after case of bottled water, alongside of people I had just met, I was encouraged by their positive outlook on the situation and the sense of community.

These are the kind of people that truly make America great.

It’s such an encouragement to see complete strangers coming together and helping each other out during times of crisis–and doing it with a smile on their faces expecting nothing in return.

The church group that helped us unload

Countless communities like Orange were affected all across Texas and getting back to “normal life” will be a slow process for many people.

Until then, say a prayer for my fellow Texans who were affected by the hurricane and for the thousands of volunteers who are working to rebuild the homes and lives of those people.

Read how Heritage members across Texas were affected by Hurricane Harvey >>

Enforcing the constitutional limits on our government is critical to defending liberty in this country.

For that purpose, Heritage’s Preserve the Constitution annual series seeks to restore the courts to their proper constitutional role and to enforce the constitutional limits on government.

From panel discussions to keynote addresses, this series features a variety of events aimed to provide clarity on the complex issues our Judiciary Branch faces.

The first event, A Constitution Day Address, was held yesterday and can be watched online.

Seven more events will take place over the next two months and you can watch them on our website. Take a look at the upcoming events in the series>>

Do you believe the Judicial Branch is in danger of activist judges?

Heritage experts have been hard at work fighting for election integrity in our country.

One of the key projects they have been working on is compiling proven cases of voter fraud throughout the country to demonstrate the real threat our election system faces and provide evidence against the Left’s main argument that voter fraud doesn’t exist.

So far, they have compiled a database of over 1,000 cases where voter fraud took place and that number is growing.

View the database of voter fraud cases >>

In speaking about voter fraud, Heritage’s election expert Hans von Spakovsky, who has been appointed by President Trump to the Federal Commission to Investigate Voter Fraud, stated:

But we do have problems that need to be fixed. We have vulnerabilities in the administrative system that we have, and we also have a history of voter fraud in this country.

The Supreme Court itself said in 2008, when it upheld Indiana’s voter ID law, the U.S. has a long history of voter fraud, and it could make the difference in a close election. And we have many close elections in this country.

Do you believe voter fraud is a serious issue in this country? Why or why not?



The horrific attacks on September 11, 2001 shook our country and changed the course of our future.

On Monday we remembered the 16th anniversary of those attacks and the impact they had on each of our lives.

I’m sure each of you still remember exactly where you were when you first heard the news of the attacks. I know I do.

Now, after sixteen years, Heritage White House Correspondent Fred Lucas explains where we stand today in the war on terrorism and why the government lacks the answers needed in combatting this war.

Find out where we stand today >>

In addition, Heritage maintains the only database of all the terror plots against the United States since 9/11.

You might be surprised to learn how many terror plots there have been and why they have continued to rise.

View the timeline of terror attacks >>

Where do you think we stand in the war on terror? What needs to change?


We have been watching the tragic devastation of hurricane Irma unfold this week and wanted to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

You are part of the Heritage family and we want to hear from you.

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