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Southside coffee shop owners, Houston natives say 'togetherness' could be Harvey's silver lining

Owners of Joe and a Bow have started a supply drive

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. – For Joe and a Bow Coffee Shop owners Stephen and Brittany Adamson, seeing and hearing about the devastation Hurricane Harvey has created for their friends and family in and around Houston is heartbreaking.

"(It's) completely heart-wrenching. We feel so hopeless," Brittany Adamson said.

They say the response, both by people impacted by the storm and people all across the country, highlights what they call the fiber of the American people.

"We see a lot of togetherness now. We see everybody saving everybody. It doesn't matter," Stephen Adamson said.

Those fibers, they say, have been overshadowed the past few weeks by the division created in the wake of the deadly violence in Charlottesville.

Stephen believes Hurricane Harvey provided the perfect opportunity for the country to heal that division.

"Now, you're seeing the news media can't help but promote this togetherness," Stephen Adamson said.

He and his wife are now trying to contribute to the healing by collecting relief supplies that are not always thought about.

"I've read a lot about what people needed in the area. They are getting a lot of water and they're getting a lot of those donated clothes, too. But, I think it's more of the things that we don't necessarily think about, like the little ones that are displaced and having those diapers and diaper wipes," Brittany Adamson said.

"Then, (there are) all the first responders that are putting in 24 hours a day that haven't been able to change their clothes and they're wearing the same socks they've been wearing all week."

Flooding Texas with relief as they watch Texas continue to flood the country with examples of hope and healing.


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