A former inmate who spent time in a maximum security prison is making every day count. With this opportunity, he’s been helping Harvey victims lately–on the front lines in Port Arthur and Beaumont as residents continue to struggle.
Damon West was born and raised in Port Arthur. After serving seven years of his original 65-year sentence, West was granted parole for the remaining 58 years of his sentence.
Now, West is taking his second chance at life to make a difference. The former inmate is now motivational speaker, sharing his story in attempts to leave a positive influence on the world.
Recently, one of West’s tweets from a Port Arthur shelter went viral.
In the video, West gives a call to action to the public for help donating to the Port Arthur shelter. The video has been retweeted nearly 1,500 times.
West helped usher in nearly 160 18-wheelers full of supplies for residents in his hometown. The trailer trucks carried half a million pounds of food and water.
“Before long, we were having 18 wheelers coming in,” West said. “We had to make a landing zone across the street from this warehouse, this makeshift warehouse we put together because the city of Port Arthur wasn’t even online yet to receive goods. They weren’t even online yet.”