Houston is my home. It's where I work, where I play, where I raise a family. When my friends and neighbors are hurting, I'm hurting and I knew I needed to do something to help. The produce industry is also like a family and has always proven to not only be resilient in the face of their own disasters, but to be the first to lend a hand and respond in times of need when others ask for help. As one of the largest cities in the U.S. Houston is home to millions and a thriving economic market for many of us throughout the US. I know my colleagues in the industry will join me in helping where they can and showing that the produce industry supports Houston.
The past few days Hurricane Harvey has created one of the single biggest disasters in the United States history. The storm caused flooding that has not been recorded in over 500 years on the Southeast coast of Texas, affecting Houston the most. Hundreds of thousands who lost everything have been rescued to shelters and need our help. The proceeds of this fund will be donated to the Rotary Club of Friendswood, a 501c3 organization.
As the storm was coming through I posted pictures on various social media sites to help people get a sense of the widespread flooding and loss that many were experiencing. Upon seeing my post on Linked In, Tony Forsythe, the President and founder of National Produce Consultants, LLC made a challenge for the industry. Tony stated, ", I challenge those of us in the fresh produce industry, whom can to MATCH my $2500.00 donation to please do so, or please donate anything possible to these relief efforts.
Remember every dollar counts and with such a big industry I do not see why we can not raise a million dollars in a few short days sharing this cause. I believe the fresh produce industry is composed of the best professionals in the world who truly understand the meaning of rallying together and helping one another. Please help a great cause and make our industry shine on a great cause.