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People Helping People: Hurricane Harvey Relief Initiative

People Helping People: Hurricane Harvey Relief Initiative

Hurricane Harvey is the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since 2005. South East Texas received more than 40 inches of rain within a four day period causing devastating damage throughout the state. According to CN­­N, at least 37 deaths have been confirmed as a result of the storm, and that number is expected to rise. Rescue efforts continue throughout Houston and the city is billions of dollars of damage caused by the storm.

In times of need, it is of utmost importance that these devastating situations are met with empathy and compassion. People helping people is what it is all about. It is our duty and our desire, as proud Americans, to take action and lend our support and aid to those that need it most. We are the most powerful when we work together, and the Five Pawns family is committed to sending more than love to those affected by Harvey’s devastation. This is not a popularity contest, nor is it a chance to showboat altruism. It's people helping people, and we ask you, our family, to join us in our efforts to help alleviate some of the stress and hopelessness caused by this hurricane.

To our beloved family, our partners, and our ever-loving supporters - let's come together as people and help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Below we will run a live update of the efforts of those around us. Even if it is just contributing a positive thought, anything and everything can help comfort those in need. Our thoughts are with those affected, and we will continue to do everything we can to lend our support to South East Texas.

If you would like to donate, we have set up a Crowdrise page with all proceeds going to support 

The Greater Houston Community Foundation, advised by Sylvester Turner, the Mayor of Houston, Texas. Stay tuned to our official blog and social media pages for updates on efforts as they become available. And as always, thank you for your support.

8/29/17, 4:30 pm -

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Five Pawns is headed to help the people of South East Texas. We’re committed to filling our truck (which leaves on Tuesday, September 5th) with as much needed relief as possible. If you’d like to help, please drop your donations off at the Five Pawns Tasting Bar at 17145 Von Karman Ave. #105 Irvine, CA 92614 or call (949)474-1150 x100. Hours of operation are Monday - Friday from11:00am to7:00pm.

Much needed items are:

  • Clothing

  • Toiletries

  • New Pillows

  • New Blankets

  • Hand Sanitizer

  • Canned Non-Perishable Food Items

  • Feminine Hygiene Products

  • Protein Bars

  • Misc. Cleanup Items

Please help us in helping others and we thank you for your generosity.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those struggling through this difficult time.

-Five Pawns Inc.

8/31/17, 4:00 pm -

Thank you to everyone for the overwhelming support in helping those affected by Hurricane Harvey. It’s been heartwarming to see our community, family, and industry come together to provide assistance to those in need. We will continue accepting physical donations at the Five Pawns Tasting Bar between now and when our truck departs. All additional donations will continue to be delivered over the coming weeks. Those that have asked about financial contributions, we ask that you please go to the link below.

Thank you for helping those in need…

9/5/17, 1:20 pm -

And we're off! The truck is full of donations due to the love and support from the generous people in our community. Ed and Francis of the Five Pawns family have graciously volunteered to make the trek to Houston in support of the Greater Houston Community Foundation and those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Stay tuned for more updates and as always, click the link below if you would like to learn more about how you can contribute. #peoplehelpingpeople

9/5/17, 8:00 pm -

We've made it to Arizona, and the view is spectacular! We will be resting here before we continue our trek to Houston tomorrow. -- Francis

9/6/17, 8:00 pm -

We've just entered New Mexico and are going to keep going!

9/6/17, 10:00 pm -

Hello, El Paso! We've made it through Texas state lines, but we still have about 750 more miles to go to get to The Greater Houston Community Foundation.

9/7/17, 12:15 pm -

After a brief stop at the border patrol checkpoint, we have been cleared to complete our donation delivery to Houston! We are looking forward to meeting the great people at The Greater Houston Community Foundation.

9/7/17, 10:00 pm -

We're taking a break here in Sugarland, TX to rest up for our final haul tomorrow into Houston. It's been a long day, but people helping people is what it is all about and this simple fact is why all of this effort is worth it.

9/8/17, 7:30 am -

We made it to Houston! The donations have been delivered safely to The Greater Houston Community Foundation. We are very grateful to have the opportunity to be the vessel of support from the west coast to reach those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Despite a successful trip, it's far from over and it will take time to fully recover from a disaster of this magnitude. If you'd like to learn more about how to contribute, please visit  The Greater Houston Community Foundation official website.

From Francis -

Travel update:

Woke up at 5:00 am CST(well, Eddie woke me up because I suck at waking up early), we drove over to Houston, got a little lost looking for the donation center, found the donation center, waited for an hour and watched the sunrise.


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