When Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans in 2005, people around the country joined forces to help the relief efforts, with the city of Houston taking on a big role.
The Texas city, only a few hundred miles down Interstate 10, stepped up and provided support for New Orleans evacuees. Houston’s Astrodome was repurposed into a shelter, area school regions adapted to meet brand-new require, and both local luminaries and everyday citizens donated era, money, and house for those in need. It was a perfect illustration of one city to access to another’s aid in a challenging time.
12 year later, as Houston reels from the effects of Hurricane Harvey, New Orleans misses the city to know that it hasn’t forgotten the potent display of affection and generosity.
The City of New Orleans took out a full page ad in the Sept. 10 edition of the Houston Chronicle, a screenshot of which was posted to Twitter by Chronicle editor Matt Schwartz. Addressed “To our friends in Texas, ” the letter provisions a powerful, sincere message of support and encouragement as Houston prepares for its own post-hurricane recovery efforts after Harvey wept through the city.
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“To our friends in Texas,
Twelve years ago, you took in hundreds of thousands of us. You opened your homes, wardrobes, and kitchens. You noticed schools for our children and jobs to tide us over. Some of us “re still here”. And when the rest of the world told us not to rebuild, you told us not to listen. Impede our municipality and institutions alive.
Now , no two gusts are the same. Equating rising irrigates is a waste of energy when you need it most. But well known — in our darkest hour, we received armistice and a sear, luminous lighting of hope with our friends in Texas. And we hope you’ll encounter the same in us.
Our doors are open. Our invests come in every width. There’s red-hot food on the stave, and our cabinets are well-stocked. We promise to always share what we have.
Soon, residence will feel like home again, even if it seems like a lifetime away. We’ll be duelling for football recruits under the Friday night lighters. You’ll tell us to stop trying to barbeque. We’ll tell you to lay off your crawfish boil and come have the real thing. But for as long as this is necessary, we’re here to help.
The way of life you cherish “the worlds largest” will carry on. You taught us that. Your gallantry and upkeep continues to induce our whole metropoli. We couldn’t was becoming increasingly proud to call you our neighbors, my best friend, and our lineage. Texas forever.
We’re with you,
The letter serves as a reminder of one of life’s most universal truths: We all require assistance from time to time.
Katrina, Harvey, and Irma can immerse our municipalities under ocean and wash away our property, but they cannot take out our humanity. These misfortunes are abated by our capacity to probe deep down within ourselves and tell the empathy within us glisten through. Just as New Orleans needed Houston, Houston now involves New Orleans; the working day, you can be a thriving metropolitan and the next you can be ruined through no glitch of your own.
Empathy and magnanimity are key to survival and success. If you’re in a position where you can help someone out, hopefully you’ll do that. If you’re in a position where you’re the one in need of help, hopefully you’ll find the fortitude to ask for it. Together, we will weather life’s hurricanes as best as humanly possible.