PHILADELPHIA (CBS)–Even from a distance, the Metropolis of Brotherly Love is displaying Texas what Philadelphia is all about.
After Hurricane Harvey tore by way of the Lone Star State, leaving elements of Houston underwater, many throughout the Delaware Valley are stepping as much as assist with the restoration.
Fifty volunteer nurses from the New Jersey Hospital Affiliation flew down Thursday morning to assist employees a Webster, Texas hospital. Whereas the Bay Space Regional Medical Middle are offering the airfare, lodging, and meals, the nurses won’t be taking a wage throughout their keep. Some are utilizing trip days to volunteer, in accordance with a spokeswoman.
Philadelphia cooks are banding collectively utilizing the hashtag #Chefs4Houston, launched by Eli Kulp of Excessive Road Hospitality Group, and donating proceeds from dishes to aid efforts. Collaborating eateries embrace however will not be restricted to Fork, Excessive Road Market, A. Kitchen and A. Bar, Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group, Luna Café, Lolita, and William Road Widespread.
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Garnet Valley Excessive Faculty cheerleaders are amassing donations in the course of the 7 p.m. house recreation on September 1 towards Higher Darby Excessive Faculty.
Meantime, one group of native volunteers plans to fill vans with donations and drive them on to Houston, the place Harvey displaced tens of hundreds–together with members of Kenneth McDuffie’s household.
“They needed to come down with a rescue boat and rescue the entire household. It was very devastating since you need to assist your loved ones, however you couldn’t get there,” stated McDuffie, a Philadelphia native. “My cousin went lacking [and was found several hours later]. She was stranded on the freeway and her telephone went out and she or he had no approach to talk.”
That’s partly why he joined the #PhillyJourneyToTexas initiative, launched by one other Philadelphia native, Miracle Johnson, simply days in the past.
Phrase shortly unfold throughout social media, and now 25 companies throughout Philadelphia and elements of Delaware are accumulating clothes, toiletries, faculty provides, and extra for Harvey victims.
“I all the time inform individuals even a bar of cleaning soap, a toothbrush, a washcloth – something helps,” Johnson stated.
Volunteers, together with Johnson, plan to personally distribute these gadgets on the bottom on the finish of the month, alongside Houston pals who’re accustomed to the toughest hit areas.
“Lean on us, lean on our shoulder, hug, cry,” she stated. “I needed to the touch the households down there and…