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Harvey Aftermath

Harvey Aftermath

Harvey was a category 4 hurricane then became a flooding event on the Texas Gulf Coast

Houston Business Owner Gathers Harvey Donations From Across Texas

    Houston Business Owner Gathers Donations From Across TX

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    Houston's recovery from Harvey will take years, and there are already signs of progress thanks to Texans helping Texans.

    Maryam Afshari Khreibani, owner of the clothing boutique Baanou in the River Oaks District in Houston, is on a one-woman crusade to help anyone who needs it. Her family and her home were spared from flooding, so she came out to to help those who weren't.

    Even though Khreibani's store was closed for business, she opened her doors for as many donations as possible for Harvey victims.

    "So many people who had never been flooded were flooded. So many people who lost everything also didn't have flood insurance," Khreibani said.

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    She went to social media asking for help with things like wipes, diapers, pillows, baby clothes, towels and shoes. Word of mouth led to a constant stream of strangers coming through her door with bags of donations.

    "We're not a big organization. We're just a local business trying to do our part. It's amazing to see what Facebook and Instagram has been able to do. How many people actually care about people they don't even know?" Khreibani said.

    When her husband, James Khreibani, isn't at the store helping, he's out volunteering in hard-hit areas, rescuing people stuck in their flooded homes.

    James Khreibani and his friend, Hamid Parvizian, were headed back out Thursday to save anyone they could who couldn't leave their homes.

    "It's great to see the divide, that we've ever had, have all come together. It doesn't matter where you're from, who you support, everybody's coming tougher to support each other and help each other out," Parvizian said.

    Maryam Khreibani is a Southern Methodist University graduate who has gotten support from across the state.

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    "I've been getting a lot of calls from people in Dallas, especially because I went to school there, and so many of my friends are there who are saying, 'What can I send over?' Texans are good people. And you know that they're gonna take care of each other," she said.

    She said she will take all the donations she can get, even from her friends in Dallas, and she will also donate 25 percent of her sales to charity.

    NBC 5 and Kroger are teaming up to get help with the relief effort for the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. Visit your neighborhood Kroger and make a monetary donation to the American Red Cross at Kroger's check-out registers. All of the money will go to the Red Cross Disaster Relief. The American Red Cross is working around the clock to help those in need by providing food, shelter and emotional support for the people whose lives have been disrupted. Visit RedCross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS for more information on the relief efforts.

     

    Other ways to help the victims of Hurricane/TS Harvey:

     

    DONATE MONEY

    The Salvation Army is also accepting financial donations. Salvation Army 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) HelpSalvArmy.org

     

    DONATE BLOOD
    Carter BloodCare will send blood donations to its partners affected by Hurricane Harvey. 1-877-571-1000. Text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999

     

    HELP PETS
    SPCA of Texas is expecting 300 cats and dogs to come to North Texas. The agendy is asking for donations of cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, treats, toys and newspaper. Donations can be dropped off at the following two locations: SPCA of Texas Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas and the SPCA of Texas at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney. Monetary donations can be made online at SPCA.org/gift