Late August 2017 saw Hurricane Harvey rip across the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico and then slam into southeastern Texas. Hundreds of thousands of people were able to evacuate but the storm still claimed over 50 lives in Texas. It completely flooded numerous towns as well as the city of Houston and left a massive amount of property damage.
Rebuilding homes, businesses, indeed, entire communities is going to be a huge effort and will take years. About the only silver lining is that the disaster brought out the best in a lot of people. Companies and non-profit organizations did what they could but what was really memorable was the way ordinary people came together to help each other out.
One local business that brought comfort to people in the aftermath of the hurricane was the Sake Sushi Bar and Lounge. It’s in Port Arthur on the Texas coast, about 90 miles from Houston. Like Houston, the town suffered severe flooding. Phe and Binh Nguyen, the restaurant’s owners, saw the disaster unfold right in front of their own eyes and wanted to do something to help out. So they hit the kitchen and got to work, lots of work. Over the next three days, they cranked out more than 5,000 very tasty boxed meals to distribute to hurricane victims.
Those were busy news days and the Nguyens’ efforts didn’t get any media attention. That didn’t bother the restaurant owners: they were trying to help, not looking for praise. However, Phe’s son Keith decided they ought to get some recognition, so he posted about it on Facebook. “If you’re ever in the area you should stop by and support these hard-working men, or even share their good deed on Facebook. They deserve it.” Keith’s post got a lot of attention. Just one of a great many supportive comments: “Words cannot describe our gratitude and thanks for your great deed. We are all united!”
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