AUSTIN, TX — In an effort to provide financial relief to two of the communities greatly impacted by Hurricane Harvey, a group of ambassadors from the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT) recently joined local independent insurance agents in Victoria and Rockport to provide area leaders with monetary support provided by the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (IIABA), the national association for independent agents.
IIAT's Governmental Affairs Director, Lee Loftis, presented each community with monetary gift cards to be handed out to those in greatest need. "We know that individuals in these communities are just beginning to rebuild and may need the assistance that a small financial gift can provide. We hope that these funds will help lift the spirits of those in distress and let them know that independent insurance agents across the state and country are thinking about them during this difficult time," said Loftis.
Agents met with Glen Dry, Pastor of Sportsman’s Church at Son Valley Ranch, in Victoria, and heard the story of Leo De La Garza, whose home was completely destroyed by Hurricane Harvey. De La Garza received $1,900 from FEMA, far from the amount needed to rebuild his home.
In Rockport, GSM Insurors have been working closely with Rockport Mayor Pro-Tem Patrick Rios and Fulton Mayor Jimmy Kendrick on area relief efforts. Outside of GSM's offices, TWIA has set up a mobile claims unit to assist individuals with their insurance needs. "Rockport has made a lot of progress in a short period of time. However, it will take years for our community to be fully restored. We are grateful to IIAT and IIABA for their generosity," said GSM Insurance Vice President Travis McDavid.
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The Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT) is the nation’s largest state association of Trusted Choice® agencies. IIAT represents approximately 1,600 agencies and more than 15,000 agents and insurance professionals. Trusted Choice® independent agents represent multiple insurance companies. Since they are not employees of any single insurance company, they are advocates for insurance consumers helping them comparison shop for cost-effective and customized coverage. IIAT is also affiliated with the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America and works with legislative, regulatory and judicial bodies in Texas on behalf of independent insurance agents across the state. More information on IIAT can be found online at iiat.org.