The recent Hurricane Harvey left destruction of enormous proportions across Southern Texas. This disastrous force of nature swept everything in its path. With over 50 people dead, and hundreds of thousands forced to abandon their homes and wrecked communities, other residents, volunteers, businesses are trying to do everything they can to help the hurricane’s victims.
Authorities believe that rebuilding the affected towns and areas will take years. But, difficult situations always bring people closer together. Such is the case with the staff at Sake Sushi Bar and Lounge in Port Arthur, TX who has gone out of their way to make sure the victims are fed during these troubling times.
Keith Nguyen used Facebook to applaud the efforts of his father Phe Nguyen and uncle Binh Nguyen who own the restaurant in question. These noble men couldn’t ignore the disaster happening right in front of their eyes and spent day and night at their restaurant cooking and treating people to delicious meals.
“My dad and uncle Binh own a restaurant in Southeast Texas and they were also affected by Harvey but the media doesn’t cover it,” Keith wrote on Facebook. “Today them, their staff and volunteers helped create over 1000 meals for victims, first responders, and other volunteers.”
He further went on to say that the Sake Sushi Bar’s owners may not be looking to be patted on their backs, but they still deserve to be recognized and appreciated for their selfless dedication during the disaster. Keith also encouraged people to stop by the restaurant and share their good deed on Facebook.
Ask and it will be given to you. The people heard him and responded. However, I don’t think it ever crossed his mind how much of an impact this would have. His post was shared more than 244.000 times on his Facebook page alone, receiving over a million interactions. It was also shared more than 8500 times on Love What Matters’ Facebook page.
Other people also took this to Facebook and other social media:
“It takes people like this to prove to all America that we have good, kind-hearted people everywhere!” said one user. “Thanks and God bless!”
“Words cannot convey the gratitude and thanks for your great deed! We are all one!!”
According to The Beaumont Enterprise, the father of brothers Nguyen was the one who instilled in them a certain ethic for hard work and sense of community.
To end on a positive note, even though the hurricane brought about such tragic and devastating events, it’s comforting to know that people like Phe and Binh exist. They’re like a ray of sunshine amidst all this darkness. However, we shouldn’t forget Keith either, as he helped spread the word and restored our faith in humanity!
After finding out about this, I know what my next destination is: Port Arthur, TX! How about you?