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A Daughter’s Viral Tweet Helped Save Her Father’s Panaderia From Closing

After Hurricane Harvey wreaked destruction all across Houston earlier this year, businesses that were able to stay open still hurt due to a decrease in customers and foot traffic. For one panaderia, that meant the owner considered closing and selling his shop. Fortunately, his daughter wasn’t about to let that happen.

In a now-viral tweet, Jackie Garza posted a video of her father, Trinidad, preparing fresh pan dulce at La Casa Bakery in Houston. Attached to the video was an all-caps plea asking people to share and retweet the video. “1 RT could bring in a potential customer,” Garza wrote in her request for the internet to help out. And man, did the internet come through in the clutch.

Garza’s tweet has now amassed over 1.1 million video views and 58,000 retweets, and business at her father’s bakery is booming. According to ABC 13, crowds were packed into La Casa Bakery over the weekend to try out the made-from-scratch baked goods they’d heard about on Twitter. Garza, meanwhile, has been getting messages from all over the world in regards to her father’s business as a result of her single tweet.

Jackie Garza will now be running the social media accounts for her dad’s business, and hopes to go to college and get a degree in business and restaurant management. Then, she’ll be back to help her dad run La Casa, which Trinidad says she’s more than capable to do one day. In the meantime, he’s glad that the influx of customers will be keeping his doors open.

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Deshaun Watson Gifts Cafeteria Ladies His Entire First NFL Paycheck

If you can remember your very first paycheck, you probably remember the joy of finally being able to buy something with the money you earned.

Deshaun Watson, rookie quarterback for the Houston Texans, was probably just as excited to earn his first NFL paycheck. Yet instead of going on a shopping spree, Watson donated his check to three Hurricane Harvey victims who worked in the Texans’ cafeteria.

The Houston Texans posted a video to Twitter, showing Watson holding a series of envelopes, walking into the cafeteria, and surprising the three women.

“For what y’all do to us every day and never complain, I really appreciate y’all,” Watson said to the women in the video. “I wanted to give my first game check to y’all, to help y’all out in some type of way.”

As tears streamed down the faces of the cafeteria workers, they were visibly overwhelmed and thankful for Watson’s gift.

According to ESPN, Watson is making a base salary of $465,000 this season, which means his first game check was worth $27,353. Presumably split three ways, each woman was gifted about $9,117.

Watson seems to have a giving heart, likely sparked by his family receiving a house built by Habitat for Humanity back in 2006, a gift that was part of former NFL player Warrick Dunn’s foundation. Watson even paid it forward, helping build a home with Habitat for Humanity last year, and saying:

“Thanks everyone for this opportunity for us to be able to come out here and help a family out, just like myself and my story with me and my mom. Having an opportunity to move out of the government homes and into a Habitat house, to be able to start a foundation for our family, being able to achieve my dreams and goals in my life.”

It’s nice to hear of athletes who make a difference in people’s lives, and this probably won’t be the last time we hear about Watson’s good deeds. It’s one thing to donate even a portion of your pay check, but it’s another to donate the whole thing. Those cafeteria workers lives will forever be changed, and thanks to Watson, the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey won’t keep these families down for too much longer.

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Japanese Liquor Brand Suntory Gives Back To Hurricane Victims

Suntory Holdings, makers of U.S. brands Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark, recently committed $1 million to support the American Red Cross with recovery efforts in communities that have been impacted by the devastation of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

“Suntory’s vision of Growing for Good is built on core values that include giving back to society. It is in that spirit that we want to support relief and recovery for those impacted by these devastating hurricanes,” said president and CEO Takeshi Niinami via a statement. “Our thoughts are with the families, communities and our partners impacted by these massive storms.”

In addition to the Japanese company’s donation, Beam Suntory – a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings – has also contributed more than $100,000 to support employee assistance funds established by its largest distributor partners, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and the Republic National Distributing Company, as well as the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program. Beam Suntory is also matching the hurricane relief donations of its U.S. employees. Another Suntory Holdings company, Pepsi Bottling Ventures has made a monetary donation to the American Red Cross and will also be providing access to water and other supplies.

Suntory’s business in the United States includes Chicago-based Beam Suntory, the world’s third largest premium spirits company, and North Carolina-based Pepsi Bottling Ventures, the largest privately-held bottler for Pepsi-Cola products in North America. Beam Suntory’s operations include the Cruzan Rum distillery in the U.S Virgin Islands, which were in the path of Hurricane Irma.


Heartless Houston Market Sells Cases Of Water For $99 After Hurricane Harvey

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After disaster hit Texas this weekend, basic supplies were likely in high demand, and it looks like heartless retailers took advantage of the situation.

The Texas Attorney General’s Office said they’ve gotten 684 complaints over price-gouging after Hurricane Harvey, including one unnamed market which sold cases of water for a whopping $99, according to CNN Money.

While we don’t need to try very hard to convince you that $99 for water is insane, for comparison’s sake, a 24-pack of Nestle Pure Life water is only $9.82 at Walmart. That means this market applied at least a 908 percent increase over regular prices.

If the people of Houston don’t want to splurge on the $99 case of water, they can opt for a single bottle priced at $8.50.

It’s a bit sad to see markets take advantage of a tragedy, especially when there are so many positive stories of people trying to help each other through this disaster.

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Chick-Fil-A Sends Boat To Rescue Elderly Couple Trapped By Hurricane Harvey

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Chick-Fil-A is famous for having exceptional customer service. During Hurricane Harvey, one of their locations showed us exactly why that is the case.

Houston locals Karen and J.C. Spencer called the restaurant for help Monday, after their home began to fill with water. J.C. told Good Morning America that he specifically requested “two grilled chicken burritos with extra egg, and a boat.”

The Chick-Fil-A manager apparently knew the elderly couple, and immediately asked her husband to jump on their boat and help them.

While it was an amazing gesture from the Chick-Fil-A manager, it ended up being unnecessary. Shortly after the call, a pair of unknown jet ski riders showed up and carted the couple off to safety. While the Spencers still don’t know the identity of their rescuers, they are extremely grateful.

Still, it was likely reassuring to know that Chick-Fil-A had their backs regardless. Needed or not, the Chick-Fil-A manager’s actions were above and beyond the job description, and she deserves a commendation for her good deed.

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Anheuser-Busch Sends Emergency Drinking Water To Hurricane Harvey Victims

Many companies are pitching in to help those affected by the catastrophic damage that Hurricane Harvey has caused southeastern Texas and Louisiana. For their part, Anheuser-Busch, makers of Budweiser Beer, is delivering three truckloads — over 155,000 cans — of emergency drinking water to help communities in the Gulf Coast area.

An initial truckload was sent from their Cartersville brewery in Georgia and delivered to the American Red Cross in Baton Rouge on August 28 with help from Mockler Beverage, one of Anheuser-Busch’s wholesaler partners. Two additional truckloads are being sent to an American Red Cross facility in Arlington, Texas, which are scheduled to arrive in the coming days.

The Cartersville brewery halts production periodically throughout the year to prepare canned drinking water so as to be ready to help American communities in times of need.  This clean, safe emergency drinking water was already canned and ready to be shipped when the Red Cross issued an urgent request to support communities hit by Hurricane Harvey.

Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast early Saturday with winds over 100 mph and devastating floods in some areas. The American Red Cross prepared over 50 shelters to support thousands of potentially displaced people.

Anheuser-Busch has three facilities in Houston: one large brewery, its craft partner Karbach, and the Longhorn glass bottle facility.  These three facilities together have approximately 1,100 employees and all are safe.

The company has a longstanding tradition of providing water and supplies to those affected by natural disasters nationwide. In 2016, Anheuser-Busch produced and shipped emergency drinking water to communities hit by natural disasters, including the California wildfires, the Louisiana floods, and Hurricane Matthew. Since 1988, the St. Louis-based brewer has provided over 76 million cans of drinking water to aid disaster-stricken areas.

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Houston Dad Catches Fish With Bare Hands In Hurricane Harvey Flooded Home

The wreckage caused by Hurricane Harvey has been devastating to the residents of Houston, Texas. More than 450,000 victims have been affected by the destruction and 30,000 are forced to seek shelter as the storm rages on. Still, in the wake of this historic flood, we’re happy to see some folks keeping strong for their loved ones.

According to BroBible, one father decided to use a little humor to put his family’s minds at ease during the disaster — by taking up fishing.

Viviana Saldana posted a video on Facebook of her father Saul Saldana catching a fish with his bare hands in the family’s living room. Up to his knees in rainwater, the patriarch dives head first and wrangles a fish with the ease of a grizzly bear.

Hopefully, the Saldanas and the rest of Houston can find some relief once the storm lets up.

Check out this video to see this dude’s impressive fish-catching abilities. Hopefully they kept that sucker. There are so many delicious things they could do with that fish — after they filet it of course.


Survivalist Dog Grabs His Food And Flees To Safety After Hurricane Harvey

Nothing says “American strength” like seeing a dog walk through a hurricane, holding a bag of dog food in its mouth in order to survive.

Otis the dog went missing after Houston, Texas’ weekend disaster that was Hurricane Harvey. The moment owner Salvador Segovia, 65, realized the German Shepherd went missing, he jumped in his truck and started looking for the dog, according to Chron.

Apparently Otis the dog saw how badly the storm hit that Friday, so he decided to grab his food and get the hell out of there.

Thankfully, Segovia was able to find Otis and bring him back home to safety, Saturday, but not before a now famous snapshot was taken of Otis fleeing with the bag of dog food in his possession.

Tiele Dockens took a peek outside at all the damage in her town and saw the dog carrying out its disaster plan. She did not know whose dog it was, she just thought the resourcefulness of the pooch was quite amusing. Her photo amassed over 11,000 likes and was shared 36,000 times on Facebook, as people saw this pup as a symbol of strength through tragedy.

He sounds like a pretty damn special dog, as Segovia detailed that Otis is allowed to frequent Dairy Queen on his own to get a hamburger. Not sure how the payment system works there, but it sounds legit.

If you are unprepared for the impending zombie apocalypse and have no idea how you’d find food for yourself, you better hope you have a bad-ass dog like Otis by your side.