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Port Canaveral Restaurants Donate Proceeds to Houston Food Bank

Floridians are no strangers to hurricanes and the damage and devastation they cause. Not quite a year ago, residents of the Space Coast narrowly escaped the full force of Hurricane Matthew that barreled towards our shores as a strong and relentless category 5 hurricane. Along with Brevard County residents and businesses alike, several of the restaurants in Port Canaveral experienced serious damage such as flooding, extensive roof damage and damage to waterfront docks that caused business closures. But Matthew’s affects on the Space Coast were no where near the utter devastation that Harvey has inflicted on the residents of Texas and Louisiana.

Everyone has had Texas, and especially the hard-hit Houston area, on their minds and in their hearts over the past week including business owners in Port Canaveral. Scenes of Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath are heartbreaking but the images of neighbors helping neighbors – including the four-legged furry kind – are awe inspiring. The togetherness and genuine care for human and animal life we’re witnessing from the residents of Texas and the rescuers who have come from far and wide is something to aspire to.

In a video posted to Facebook on Wednesday, Rhett Fischer, owner of Rusty’s Seafood & Oyster Bar in Port Canaveral said, “We’ve all been affected by hurricanes here in the Port and along the Brevard County coast. Our thoughts and prayers are with Houston always and forever.”

Rhett also announced a plan of action. Together with Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill, Grills Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar, Wild Ocean Seafood Market and other businesses in the Port, Rusty’s will be donating 5% of their proceeds from their busy Labor Day weekend sales directly to the Houston Food Bank.

“We’re hoping that everyone will come out and support not only Rusty’s but Fishlips and Grill’s and the people of Houston.”

Between the cook-outs and the beach, let’s all find time to stop by the restaurants in Port Canaveral this weekend, grab a bite to eat and help provide much needed food for the people of Houston. For a list of other ways to help the survivors of Hurricane Harvey follow the links below:

Houston SPCA
Houston Humane Society
Houston Food Bank
Food Bank of Corpus Christi
San Antonio Humane Society

Link to original article listing approved donating sites here.

Photo credit Houston Press.

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