LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - In the wake of flooding along the Blanco River, vendors and Brookshire Brothers are partnering in an ongoing effort to provide relief to Wimberly. The effort has been going on since the Blanco River rose more than 40 feet.
The Wimberly Brookshire Brothers store, which has been a part of that community since 1996, has provided food, medicine, and essentials for the flood victims and relief workers in the area.
"From feeding 300 families breakfast and dinner the day after the disaster to selling BBQ to raise funds for their three co-workers whose homes washed down the river, Jason Noske and his storm team are living out their company's mission to celebrate family and community," the press release stated.
According to the press release, when Noske and his co-workers went door to door two days after the flooding, they were shocked by what they saw.
"One lady told us we were the first people she'd seen since the river rose," Noske said. "Another started crying and thanked us for bringing dry toilet paper."
Noske went on foot into flood-ravaged areas of Wimberly with bags laden with non-perishables and cases of water, taking provisions to people whose cars or trucks ended up downstream, the press release stated.
On May 29, Louisiana-based Tony Chachere's cooked jambalaya for about 600 people in the Brookshire Brothers store's parking lot.
"It was a very humbling and somber experience seeing the devastation in the area. The reality sets in when you are there on the ground talking to people in the community and hearing their stories," said Brandon Schipes, the national sales manager for Tony Chachere's. "The people in Wimberly showed such gratitude toward Brookshire Brothers and our cooking team. My heart goes out to all of them."
According to the press release, Di Lusso Meats has stepped up to help with the store's effort to deliver sandwiches to people in need. Meyers Sausage has been providing sausage wraps and Louisiana Fish Fry has been assisting with the relief effort as well.
"Our vendor partners are incredibly generous," said Sally Alvis, a spokeswoman for Brookshire Brothers. "They enable us to extend our helping hand even further, which makes a big difference in a disaster of this magnitude. People feel the love and concern."
On Saturday, employees at the Wimberly Brookshire Brothers took donations for the chipped beef meals they served in the parking lot. Of that money, $3,000 is earmarked for the three employees who lost their homes as a result of the flooding, the press release stated.
Brookshire Brothers is encouraging East Texans to give to the relief effort. Financial donations can be made to Barnabas Connection Flood Relief via this link.
The Brookshire Brothers chain was founded in 1921, and the company is completely is 100 percent employee owned. Brookshire Brothers has 150 retail outlets, including grocery stores, convenience stores, and free-standing pharmacy, tobacco, and petro locations. The company plans to open new stores in Pilot Point, Hamilton, and Canyon Lake.
For more information on Brookshire Brothers, visit this link.