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Posted on: September 1, 2017

Mayor Tait: Anaheim will continue to stand with Houston during recovery

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (Sept. 1, 2017) — Anaheim’s support for Houston will continue as the city begins a long road to recovery after Hurricane Harvey, Mayor Tom Tait said Friday.

“As we enjoy the Labor Day weekend with friends and family, I want to call on all of Anaheim to join me in continuing our support for Houston and the entire region,” Tait said. “We are a city of kindness, and this is where the compassion of the residents and businesses of Anaheim can really make a difference.”

For the past week, five specialists from Anaheim Fire & Rescue have been working in and around Houston on rescues and medical assistance. The specialists are part of California Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 5, which has performed more than 200 rescues since the storm hit.

Others from Anaheim are doing what they can from here.

La Casa Garcia Restaurant, a family-owned restaurant near The Anaheim Resort, is donating 20 percent of all checks for the next two weeks to the hard hit towns of Beaumont, near Houston, and Port Arthur and Aransas Pass, near Corpus Christi.

Owner Frank Garcia, a native of south Texas, said he hopes to soon travel to Texas to help serve meals to those in need. That’s what he did after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

“Everything counts,” said Garcia, who has run his Anaheim restaurant for more than 30 years. “If everyone can do a little something, it all adds up.”

City of Anaheim employees have the option of cashing out unused vacation days and putting the proceeds toward relief efforts in and around Houston.

For Anaheim residents and businesses looking to help, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has identified the Greater Houston Community Foundation’s Hurricane Harvey relief fund.

Donations can be made online at Ghcf.org, with money going toward rescue, recovery and assistance to the residents.

“I want to thank everyone in Anaheim for all they are doing for victims of Hurricane Harvey and want Houston to know we stand with them,” Tait said.