September 11, 2017
September of 2017 will be remembered as a month of endless raining, flooding, destructive winds, and tragic loss of lives. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will never be forgotten, having damaged countless homes and communities along the Texas coastal bend and western Florida.
The month of September 2017 will ALSO be remembered as a time when everyday folks TRANSFORMED into heroes, when bravery overcame fear, and acts of kindness were too many to count. The damage caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma brought the best out everyone- no matter if it was a next-door neighbor, or friends hundreds of miles away. Everyone was willing to work together to rescue and care for complete strangers to help pave the way for homes and lives to be rebuilt.
From the beginning, Moonshine Sweet Tea’s customers, retail partners, distributors and our own family of employees were all willing to put in the extra time and effort to deliver product to areas impacted by natural disaster. Cases of concentrate were delivered to the American Red Cross to serve in shelters including the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown Dallas where thousands of evacuees were housed. Tea went to the Junior League of Austin as it collected items for distribution by the Salvation Army. And pallets were delivered to the Austin Disaster Relief Network for distribution to local shelters in Austin and beyond.
Moonshine Sweet Tea founder Joele Porter loaded up his truck with tea to drive to Brazoria County where volunteers cooked meals for first responders. CEO Remmy Castillo and employees Andrew Osegi and Errol High were among those delivering tea to the volunteers who were cooking meals for volunteers and evacuees.
Shane McClellan writes, “I want to say thank you for the tea. I live in Goliad, TX and went to help my friend Chef James Canter, the chef cooperatives and the people of Victoria. Your tea brought joy to many people.” We also heard from Sgt. Valerie Glasco of the Texas Highway Patrol who writes, “I showed up for my 4th night shift assignment in one of the Regional Command Posts for Hurricane Harvey support. I was pleasantly surprised to see bottles of Moonshine Sweet Tea in our breakroom tonight! It is appreciated. I’m not sure who coordinated this for us tonight, but it made me smile. “
The rebuilding is just beginning in Texas and along the Gulf Coast. Now, our neighbors in Florida are starting to assess the damage to their state. The road to recovery will be a long one but it’s already provided the opportunity to make new friends and to work together to rebuild communities. Moonshine Sweet Tea encourages everyone to keep volunteering and donating funds to non-profit organizations who are in this for the long haul. We also want to thank everyone for all the support shown and to please keep the people of Texas and Florida in your hearts and to never, ever forget September of 2017!