Sagebrush Helps Out Harvey Victims

By MELODY BROWN-PEYTON

Of The Record Staff

Communities continue to come together to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. It has been three weeks since the powerful storm showered the State of Texas with heavy rain that produced major flooding.

Diners at Sagebrush Steakhouse in Dunn Thursday night had 10 percent of their bill donated to hurricane relief efforts for residents of Texas.

Rhonda Rios, who serves as service manager, said that last year, after Hurricane Matthew, they offered patrons the opportunity to help the victims, and the event was a success.

“We wanted to do the same kind of event for Harvey victims,” Ms. Rios said.

“This gives us an opportunity to see many faces that we have not seen in a while,” said Sagebrush Marketing Director Margaret Coleman.

Many diners said they were happy to come out and have dinner, knowing a portion of their bill was going to help others. Diners who came out said it could have See Sagebrush, Page 3A Sagebrush

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been them who were in need and they were grateful to take part in a relief effort.

“At this time, the people of Texas need our help, we are happy that we can take part in helping those in need,” Donna Gallion said.

Tracey Kohut, senior volunteer specialist with the American Red Cross, said, “When disaster hits, Americans come together. They want to help make it better for their neighbors. It is great to see people reaching out to help others.” While at the restaurant she shared information on hurricane preparedness.

• Hurricane Preparedness

Ms. Kohut suggested staying up-to-date on the forecast, having plenty of water, keeping some cash, gassing up vehicles and keeping non-perishable food, and a flashlight. There is a cellphone application for hurricane preparedness and tornadoes. There was also a person at the restaurant collecting monetary donations. Sagebrush Steakhouse is collecting toiletry items for Harvey victims. These items can be dropped off during business hours.

• Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey blew through Texas with a vengeance and left those impacted wondering what their next step will be. This storm has been described as one of the worst storms to hit the United States. Officials have said it will take months, if not years, to rebuild from the destruction.

At left: Family and friends gathered at Sagebrush Steakhouse and Saloon in Dunn Thurday where 10 percent of bills went to support Hurricane Harvey victims. From left to right, are, Nancy Wright, Bruce Walls, Edith Elmore, Lindsey Elmore, William Elmore and Douglas Godwin. At right, Sagebrush Steakhouse Hurricane Harvey relief organizers, from left to right, are, American Red Cross Senior Volunteer Specialist Tracey Kohut, Sagebrush Steakhouse Service Manager Rhonda Rios and Director of Marketing Margaret Coleman.

Daily Record Photos/Melody Brown-Peyton

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