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Colorado comes together to help hurricane victims
Photo courtesy: Oskar Blues Brewery Facebook

By Joseph Rios

Natural disasters are something the United States has dealt with throughout its history. Recently natural disasters have been making headlines and affecting thousands of people.

Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and Louisiana on Aug. 25. Heavy rainfall and floodwaters left the City of Houston two centimeters lower. It is estimated that the hurricane caused $75 billion of damage and 72 died as a result. Over 30,000 people were forced to live in shelters at the height of Hurricane Harvey.

Following that disaster, Hurricane Irma hit the Florida coast leaving at least nine people in Monroe County, Florida dead. Authorities are working to identify these victims but damage to communications network has limited the process.

Despite the damage, trauma and difficulties that these natural disasters have caused there is something positive that has come out of it. People across the country have stepped up to help the City of Houston, and affected areas in Florida and to raise money to help those affected by the storm.

Some of these fundraising efforts have made national news like Houston Texans defensive lineman JJ Watt. Watt raised over $37 million for Hurricane Harvey relief. He rightfully deserves national praise, but there have been efforts from Denver Broncos players too.

Broncos’ receiver Emmanuel Sanders, a Houston area native, said he and Broncos teammates donated over $40,000 to Hurricane Harvey relief. He also sent thousands of diapers along with food and drink.

The Broncos responded to Sanders’ effort and players’ efforts by donating $43,750 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston and the United Way of greater Houston. “We could not be more proud of Emmanuel Sanders and his teammates for stepping up and taking the initiative to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey,” Broncos President and CEO Joe Ellis said in a statement.

Westwoods Community Church in Lakewood also helped provide relief to victims of Hurricane Harvey working directly with the Sheriff ‘s Department in Houston and a disaster relief team.

The church filled a truck with supplies and drove from Colorado to Houston to help those in need of supplies. The church filled the truck with socks, rain boots, raincoats, bug repellent, canned goods, first-aid kits, baby formula and food.

Also, Sunshine Studios in Colorado Springs held a benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Harvey. Eleven bands performed and the proceeds went to the American Red Cross.

Another northern Colorado company, Oskar Blues Beer Brewing Company, in Loveland, canned water for Houston.

Despite the current political, economical and oftentimes racial divide in the country there is one thing for certain. In times of need such as natural disasters, Colorado, and Americans in general, and their allies join forces to help those in need.





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