Area Establishments Aim To Help Hurricane Victims

By Jessica Maurer, posted Sep 6, 2017
One Belle Bakery owner Anna Echols held a donation event that raised $2,800 for the American Red Cross. (Photo courtesy of One Belle Bakery)
Many Port City businesses have announced a variety of campaigns to help victims of the recent devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

In fact, many were so quick to respond that several events held by area bars, breweries and restaurants took place over Labor Day weekend. Here is a brief roundup of some of what has been done so far and how you can still help those in need.

One Belle Bakery owner Anna Echols announced Thursday that she would be donating 100 percent of Friday’s sales to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey victims. The following is an excerpt from her Sept. 2 Facebook Post:

“I was hoping we would have a 'busy' day so our donation would be as large as possible but I had no idea we'd receive the support that we did. The news spread like wildfire and 24 hours later we had a bakery full of people. THANK YOU to every single person who came and supported not only my small local business but also our desire and efforts to help complete strangers outside of our community who are in desperate need.”

Echols said One Belle had more people walk through the door than ever before in a single day. She even had a customer from California, who had never been in the shop, call to order a box of doughnuts to be donated to the homeless. At the end of the day she was able to donate $2,800 to the American Red Cross.

The Husk, Anne Bonny’s Bar & Grill and Tavern Law all served as drop-off points for a food and supply drive organized in conjunction with Blue Coast Realty Corporation and other area businesses. Donations filled six 24-foot box trucks, which were driven by volunteers, including Anne Bonny’s co-owner Steve Gaconnier, to a Beaumont, Texas, warehouse over the weekend.

Anne Bonny’s also held a live music event last week that brought in more than $500 in donations. Because so many victims are in need of shoes, The Husk is now holding a shoe drive until 5 p.m. Sept. 8. For more details visit the event's Facebook page.

From now until Sept. 30, Which Wich will donate $2 for every Project PB&J sandwich sold, to be donated directly to those in affected areas. Open donations will also be accepted at all Which Wich locations and the company will match all donations from guests, up to $100,000, with all money going directly to the American Red Cross.

And finally, the staff at Bitty & Beau’s announced last Thursday that they will be donating 100 percent of their tips for the next two weeks to the recovery efforts in Houston.

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