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Nature’s Plus Helps Houston After Hurricane Harvey

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— September 7, 2017

Nature’s Plus Helps Houston After Hurricane Harvey

By Violet Snow
  • The disaster caused by Hurrican Harvey raises awareness to the community.
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On August 25, Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm, made landfall near Rockport, Texas. The wind, gusting to over 100 mph, was bad enough. But it was the seemingly nonstop deluge of water—approximately 50 inches within a week— that caused the most destruction, leaving much of Houston and the surrounding area flooded for days.

Long Island has endured its own share of hurricane damage, most recently from 2012’s Superstorm Sandy. So the people of Nature’s Plus knew they had to reach out to the people of Houston as the Lone Star State’s largest city starts recovery efforts. The company immediately wrote a $2,500 check to the American Red Cross. And an email went out to all employees requesting donations. “Many people brought money, a total of about $700, and bags and bags of items,” says Susan Lange. “People were so generous.” Donated money in hand, Lange and Peggy Gould from Accounting went shopping. The Home Depot in Farmingdale generously gave Gould a $50 discount after learning she was buying supplies for Harvey relief. Lange went to the Costco Wholesale in Melville, where she bought $250 worth of gift cards. The supplies included batteries, baby food, diapers, work gloves, cleaners, and bleach. On August 31, Lange says she and Accounting’s Elba Rivera stuffed their two SUVs “from bottom to top” and drove to the offices of Congressman Tom Suozzi, whose district includes Melville. As Lange puts it, “The employees of Nature’s Plus overwhelmed me with their generosity.”—L.J.

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