Monday, October 02, 2017 - Updated: 9:00 am
Although my house was not flooded by Hurricane Harvey, my house has been flooded with love from Pittsburgh.
In 2002, my husband got a job in Pittsburgh, and all that I knew about the city was the Pirates because I’m from Nicaragua and my hometown stadium is named after Roberto Clemente.
The day when we arrived with our daughter at the Pittsburgh airport something made me say to my husband, “Wow! The people here are so kind.” And when we saw the Mister Rogers play area in the airport, I knew kids were welcome in Pittsburgh. Non-money-making spaces for kids are not common in airports.
We had the blessing to live there 13 years. We found what we called our American family. We enjoyed all our holidays with them.
We had the blessing of belonging to our daughter’s school community, Aquinas Academy. It was a second home for our daughter. Staff and students were just our extended family. A unique community that will live forever in our lives.
We had the blessing of living in a neighborhood where we found a friendship that goes beyond geographic borders.
Three years ago, my husband was transferred to Houston, Texas.
With the devastation from Harvey, our neighborhood was affected, but our house didn’t get any water in it. Another special blessing in our life.
The opportunities to help have been many, so I put on my Pittsburgh Pirates cap and started doing what God has been teaching us: To serve! That morning a lady told me: “Pittsburgh is here!”
I feel like I am on a mission: doing what Jesus teaches us — to serve — and to represent Pittsburgh in Houston. So every day I have been wearing my Pirates cap.
But that is not the only way Pittsburgh is present. I started receiving calls from my Pirates friends.
We had to evacuate, but as soon as the news got out, I started receiving messages from Pittsburgh offering prayers. These prayers and texts mean a lot to us because we feel the support.
The first call after we came home was from a Pittsburgh friend asking if we knew about any family from our daughter’s school who were affected. They sent a check to help.
The next call from a Pittsburgh friend was to tell me that he was driving to Houston along with seven college classmates to do physical volunteer work at houses in need (he is a gifted musician).
The next call from Pittsburgh was from a friend asking for an affected Catholic school that serves to low-income families.
The next call I made was to a Pittsburgh friend asking to assist a young family with a baby. They helped with baby supplies.
The next call was from a friend who collected money from a bunch of our Pirates friends and told me that the money was on the way. It is going to help a devoted Catholic family who lost everything.
No wonder Pittsburgh was the place were Roberto Clemente was playing when he decided to help my country.
Pittsburgh is present in Houston. The people in Pittsburgh are so kind.
Lucrecia (Lucky) Serra and her husband, Isaac, are former members of St. Alexis Parish in Wexford and current members of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in The Woodlands, a Houston suburb. Their daughter, Annabella, was confirmed at St. Sebastian Parish in Ross Township. She now attends Frassati Catholic High School in Spring, Texas.