When tragedy strikes, we love to share stories from the people coming together to help. Let’s tell the stories behind the heroes!
People helping people. As Hurricane Irma sent millions of families hustling north, many drove through massive traffic up I-75 Georgia. Many reported being greeted by volunteers welcoming them with big signs saying FREE FOOD FOR EVACUEES in Valdosta, Georgia. Volunteers like Chad Harrison were cooking hot dogs and waving signs.
Tim Tebow Volunteers at Florida special needs shelter.
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Tampa man turns restaurant into hurricane shelter. The owner of the Gengiz Khan Grill transformed his Tampa restaurant into a Hurricane Irma shelter. “It’s my duty,” said owner Ergin Tek, “This neighborhood has been really good to me — It’s my time to return.” Ergin unloaded extra propane tanks and a generator to setup. He believes he has enough food to make 10,000 meals and can house up to 200 evacuees. “I’m turning the restaurant into a shelter for everyone who needs it, including cats and dogs,” he said. “I’m going to probably cook two meals a day.”
Heroes in Texas: The canoeing surgeon! Dr. Stephen Kimmel, a pediatric surgeon at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center in Webster, Texas, was in the midst of dealing with flooding in his own home when he got the call. Sixteen-year-old Jacob Terrazas required immediate surgery. Dr. Kimmel quickly realized he’d be unable to safely make the journey by car — the streets were flooded.
The hospital was able to get in touch with the volunteer fire department, who sent two firefighters with a truck and a canoe to help Dr Kimmel get to Jacob & perform the surgery!
Southwest Flies Plane Full Of Houston’s Homeless Animals To California Shelter
This Group Of Women Is Helping To Fix The Hair And Spirits Of Houston Evacuees
“You might have gone through the storm but you don’t have to look like you went through the storm,” a volunteer stylist said.
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