Hurricane Beryl’s devastation has thousands of Houstonians lining up for help at Bayland Community Center

Hurricane Beryl’s devastation has thousands of Houstonians lining up for help at Bayland Community Center

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — As we see time and time again, Houstonians support each other in times of crisis.

On Wednesday, about 2,000 people received food and water at the Bayland and Radack Community Centers in District 4.

“I cried (Tuesday). I cried. I was telling her it’s not just us. People with babies, old people, it hurts. Even though I don’t know these people, it hurts because people are struggling,” Mayra Rodriguez, who came with her husband and young daughter, told ABC13.

Wednesday is the third day for many without electricity. Some have no running water.

Xiomara Ventura takes care of 23 people in her home.

“We have family. We have family from church, we have family members at home and we’re looking at how we can manage things,” Ventura said.

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The gas station near Ventura’s home was closed, so he walked using a cane for support.

“We are going through difficult times, but thank God there is hope. There is hope,” he said. “First of all, hope comes from God. Hope comes from these people who are serving us in this hot weather, bringing us food.”

The struggles that those in need face are the struggles that workers face. The same is true for the hope they face.

“I love giving to people. I love coming together,” said Maritza Sepulveda, who was handing out food and helping register those waiting in line. “I’ll definitely get some rest tonight, but I’m leaving here with a full heart, ready to come back here (Thursday).”

Calvin Bratton brought his grandson Nicholas, and they waited patiently in line.

“I thanked everyone I saw as I passed by. I appreciate it. I really do. It means a lot,” Bratton said. “What he sees is that there are good people, there are people helping people, and I think he needs to learn that lesson early on so he can understand what he needs to share. You have a lot, share it.”

Bayland and Radack community centres will reopen at 11 a.m. Thursday and Friday

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