“We started feeling God pulling us to Puerto Rico,” said Aguadilla resident Brad Wortham.

The past two months have been a whirlwind for the Wortham family.

“We were living in Houston at the time and we ended up moving about two weeks before [Hurricane] Harvey hit,” Wortham said.

They moved out of the path of one storm…and into the path of two others. Hurricane Irma spared Puerto Rico its worst, but Maria wasn’t nearly as kind.

“It took it from being almost 50 miles away from our town to being almost right on top of it,” Wortham said. “My wife described it to me. She said it was the most horrible sounds she’s ever heard in her life.”

Brad was back in the continental United States on a work trip when Maria made landfall.
His wife and four kids had to wait out the storm on the island.

“About the time Maria made landfall, I lost communication with the family,” he said. “It was about a week before I heard anything from them.”

“Probably the scariest, most trying week we didn’t hear from them,” said Brad’s mother Sandra Wortham. “When we did hear from them, tears were flowing.”

Now brad is stocking up and packing up for a return home.

“I never thought I’d want one of my kids to go back into something like that, but I’m ready for him to get back to the family,” Sandra said.

“It may start flooding all over again, honestly,” Brad said. “There’s going to be a lot of tears.”

That’s why we’re paying it forward to brad and his family, so they can get back on their feet — and help others do the same.

“We’ve been very blessed to have such good friends and family,” he said.