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Faith, Hope, and Love in the Aftermath of Harvey

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In the days following Hurricane Harvey, heartbreaking is the only word that explains the devastation I saw this storm cause to not only family and friends, but thousands of families across the greater area.

Driving into neighborhoods where Harvey showed his furry is unimaginable as you see belongings having to be thrown out, carpets and floors ripped up, and piles upon piles of trash from each home now reeking of mold, dirt, and other toxins Harvey unleashed through its flooding waters. Hearing the rescue helicopters overhead became a norm for a few days as you prayed for those they were going to help. Offering water, food, or supplies to family and strangers just didn’t seem like enough.

The silver lining through this all is the outpouring of love and support from all over the world shining down on our great city. I personally am proud of my friend Mario Segura, an ABC Channel 13 photojournalist who had folks mistakenly put in his news van thinking it was a rescue van, and took the flood victims to safer ground. I am proud of my friend Lisa, owner of a restaurant called the Tilted Kilt Pub, who quietly donated food one evening to the National Guard assisting in helping survivors out of flooded homes. To Ruth Leclere, owner of Central Texas BBQ who opened her doors the day after the storm hit to provide free water and bread to those in need. These along with the countless men and women of the Houston Police Department, Fire Department, the National Guard, and those friends using their boats to rescue neighbors in their own neighborhood. Thank you, doesn’t even begin to say how you touched so many lives.

Lastly, to the thousands of volunteers across the city, the support you gave to hundreds of families in need will never be forgotten. In a time where the country at times seems so divided, Texas showed the world we are #TexasStrong and my city of Houston will rebuild and come back stronger because of the faith, hope, and love that was shown throughout the severity of the storm in the hearts of neighbors helping neighbors get through this one day at a time.