Kenna Bush, the executive director of the United Way of Galveston, was opening the mail recently, looking for checks made out to the Galveston County Recovery Fund.
She found several. Including a personal check from some guy named Barack Obama.
"We all kinda went 'This can't be real, right? Someone's playing a joke,'" Betty Massey, the Fund's chair, told Hair Balls. "But no, it was the real deal."
Massey won't say how much the check was for, except that it was over $1,000.
"I think it was just an amazing statement about Mr. and Mrs. Obama -- that at this point in their lives, when all this is happening that they think of Galveston," she says. "I think it's pretty remarkable."
News reports of the meeting Obama had post-election with the nation's governors indicated that one of the first things the president-elect did upon seeing Gov. Rick Perry was to ask how Galveston and its residents were doing.
The Fund received the check "some weeks" after that meeting, Massey says, so apparently the situation on the island has stayed on Obama's mind.
The United Way is the fiscal agent for the fund, which is only now starting to pro-actively seek donations. UW officials didn't call the Obama office to see if the check was real; they just deposited it.
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"It's gone through, so I guess it's real," Massey says.
Wait -- Shouldn't you have put it up for auction on eBay? Maybe the autograph, on a disaster-related item, could have brought in a lot more than $1,000.
"You know, we weren't quick enough to think about that," she says.
-- Richard Connelly