As people in the Kingwood community continued to come together to help each other in the aftermath of Hurricane
Harvey, on Wednesday, Aug. 30 there were a number of businesses in the front of Kingwood with open doors
willing to help the community.

On Kingwood Drive KFC, Red Curry, CVS, Mencius, Schlotzsky's, the Shell gas
station, and Smart Stop were all open. Along Loop 494, Sullivan’s Paint and Body was open to help stranded folks,
with owner Danny Sullivan arriving by foot due to nearby floodwaters. Also open on Loop 494 were Stripes gas
stations and Los Cucos. On Northpark near U.S. 59 were long lines snaking around McDonald's, Panda Express,
Popeye's and Pollo Loco. All gas stations in that area were also open. Further down Northpark were more long lines
at Dairy Queen, McDonald's, Akashi Sushi and most importantly, Neighborhood Walmart for those running low on
supplies. All gas stations in that area were also open. Perhaps most surprising to find open was the Taste of Greek
food truck, also swamped with customers and staying open more than two hours later than their usual closing time
of 8 p.m. Owner Altin Mulla, who was running the place alone, said that he had traveled for more than an hour from
his home in Atascocita using the Grand Parkway to check on his trailer, not meaning to open for business. But as
soon as he showed up, loyal, hungry customers started arriving, so he started to cook.
“We try to keep our customers happy and coming back,” he said as patient customers milled about, visiting with
each other about their storm experiences. One lady shared that she lived in the back of Kingwood and had 3-and-
and-half feet of water in her home at one point. She praised all of the people, including complete strangers, who
showed up at her door and took over the cleanup for her family. She thanked Mulla, saying she got tears in her eyes
when she saw that the food truck was open. “I haven’t been able to keep anything down for days,” she explained. “I
finally found something I have an appetite for. Thank you so much for being here today!”

Sarah Mertins
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I grew up on a farm in New Mexico and miss eating hot chile and having four seasons. I didn't start college until I was already a mother and double majored in English and anthropology. I received an Honors B.A. from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and was named “Outstanding Student” in English. My honors thesis is titled “The Enduring and Ever-Changing Legend of La Llorona.” I worked as a police reporter for a bit before staying home in Kingwood to raise my two daughters. My hobbies include reading, gardening, cooking and traveling.

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