In September of this year, I received a phone call from a co-worker that Officer Jared Mason and his wife may need some help.
So, I reached out and learned while Jared’s wife, Katheryn, was receiving treatment for a newly diagnosed illness, their house was struck by lightning…totally destroying it.
I met with the ATO Board, and we were able to provide immediate relief for their home deductible, but we knew they needed more than just money.
Assist the Officer and myself checked on the Masons as they navigated through their home repairs. Jared continued working night shifts and living in a hotel while Katheryn continued her employment as a nurse and staying with friends. Both doing their best to make life “normal”.
In October, I received a call from retired officer Tom Cunningham who was a Board Member for the Texas Team Foundation, a non-profit organization that helped Veterans and First Responders — Their board consists of former Navy Seals and Retired HPD officer Cunningham and Randy Upton. The organization’s President is Mandy Machowicz.
Tom happened to be looking for a recipient for an upcoming Car Show at the end of October in Montgomery Texas. Without hesitation, I told Cunningham about Jared and Katheryn and put them all in contact.
The Car Show was a huge success on October 22 at April Sound Country. Cunningham and Upton recruited officers D. Nunez, C.M. Rodriguez, and P. Roecker to help with the event. Jared and Kathryn were very excited to attend and overwhelmed when the Texas Team Foundation presented them with a $5,000 check.
The crowd was so inspired by the Masons’ story during the check presentation, an additional $5,000. was given by an anonymous couple and another attendee emptied his pockets and gave Jared another $800.
The ATO Board and I still stay in contact with the Masons who have a few months to go before their house is ready. Katheryn continues treatment and prayerfully will be 100% in no time. The ATO is already snooping around for items for Jared and Katheryn so when the move-in happens there will be furnishings.
Along with Jared and Katheryn Mason, the Houston Police Department and Assist the Officer, we cannot thank Texas Team Foundation for their generosity to our police family.