With cars lining up all over the city full of people looking for the basic necessities to weather the week-long power and water outtage courtesy of Hurricane Ike, Houston’s entertainment community and city officials are coming together to bring relief to the city’s citizens in need. As Houston power companies work 24/7 to get the lights back on, things like bottled water, ice and a meal of any kind can literally mean survival to many.
Partnering with radio stations like 97.9 The Box and 93.3 KPTY; who have been critical in getting the word out to those seeking relief,FEMA and Houston City Officials, Houston’s music and sports communities are all rolling up their sleeves and either setting up relief PODS (points of distribution), like the Amobi Okoye Foundation, or showing up to help hand out the water, ice and military MRE’s to those that have had no power and/or water in the week following Ike’s devastating landfall last Friday night.
They say that politics make unlikely bedfellows and it was indeed a strange site to see rappers like Chamillionaire and Trae Tha Truth and his entire ABN Gang, working side by side with City officials in the hot Houston sun to get relief to those in need as quickly as possible. This was no time to stand on ceremony and everyone was on hand to pitch in where ever their help was needed most.
Coming out minus the usual rap trappings of bling, the radio personalities and rappers that pitched in lifted the heavy ice bags and cases of water into peoples trucks from sun up to sun down or for as long as the supplies lasted at their POD. Right now, with over a million still without power, the only beef in Houston is in the MRE’s.
Continuing with the relief efforts, tomorrow, Saturday September 20th, Houston Rockets Ron Artest and Rafer Alston, theMonica Lamb Foundation, Kroger supermarket chain and radio stations 97.9 The Box, Majic 102.1 and Praise 92.1 will team up; handing out much needed items such as water, ice, food, batteries, baby formula, diapers, toiletries and gas cards. Please help pass this information to someone you know that needs these items. Media presence is most welcome.
Location – Sunnyside Multi-Service Center, 4605 Wilmington Street @ Cullen, Houston, TX 77051 (713) 732.5030
Time – 10AM til 2PM (or while supplies last)
FEMA will also be on site to help people with information regarding the assistance programs that are available to those affected by this tragedy.