The Heroes of Houston

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This list is only partial, and I’ve already updated it twice since this morning!

After Harvey, hundreds find refuge in Houston-area mosques: Actually, we’re talking thousands by now. “They’re not just people from the Islamic community. We are welcoming anybody and everybody,” says M.J. Khan, president of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston. He’s a man who’s not afraid to get emotional … don’t say you haven’t been warned!

Meanwhile, nationally, CAIR Urges Muslims Nationwide to Pray, Donate for Texas Hurricane Relief in lieu of the traditional sacrifice of a ram in honor of the Prophets Abraham and Ismail for Eid al-Adha, which is this weekend, while my friends over at LaunchGood are crowdfunding relief, too.

Keep It Simple And Stay Open: The Waffle House Storm Menu: Sometimes heroism is flipping sausage on a grill for hungry people. Sometimes heroism is the foresight to equip all your restaurants to serve customers when the grid is down.

Houston pastor checks submerged cars to makes sure no one is trapped: Forget the self-righteous prosperity doctrine of millionaire preacher Joel Olsteen. This is faith at work.

The day the ‘enemies of the American people’ helped save America: As journalists have poured into Houston and surrounding, inundated communities, following the path of literally trillions of gallons of rainfall, they have performed yeoman’s work — not just providing citizens with life-or-death information about which roads to avoid or the locations of shelters, but serving as eyes and ears for the authorities and volunteers racing against time to find survivors.

Weathering Harvey, Houston Booksellers Offer a Helping Hand: “We know a lot of people are out of power and other people in the neighborhood have been stuck in their houses. We wanted to let people know they could come here charge their phone, relax a bit and be with other people.” Coffee shops and other businesses are beginning to do the same, and some of the big publishing houses in New York City are sending donations to Houston.

An unlikely hurricane hero takes over chaotic Texas storm shelter: Millennials so lazy….

Western Carolina University fishing team takes boats, heads to Texas: There are collegiate fishing teams. Did you know? Members of this one plan to meet with first responders and are prepared to do anything from rescuing people to filling bags with sand.

The Mexican government has offered to help Hurricane Harvey victims: Trump insists he’ll build a border wall. Mexico says they won’t pay for it — and offered Hurricane Harvey aid instead. In 2005 in Louisiana and Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina, Mexican troops served 170,000 meals, helped distribute more than 184,000 tons of supplies and conducted more than 500 medical consultations. Texas Gov. Abbot says he’ll accept the help. In this case, maybe good walls are not what makes good neighbors.

Meanwhile, Here Are (More) Ways You Can Help People During Hurricane Harvey as our hearts break for Houston, the Gulf Coast, and other affected areas.

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