New Orleans took out an ad in a Houston newspaper to share a powerful message of hope.

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New Orleans took out an ad in a Houston newspaper to share a powerful message of hope.

When New Orleans was hit with Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the city of Houston stepped up in a big way, offering up its Astrodome as a shelter, educating displaced NOLA kids at area schools and donating time, money and resources.

So when Houston was hit with Hurricane Harvey 12 years later, New Orleans let Houston know it hasn’t forgotten the Texas city’s generosity and solidarity, with a full page ad in the Houston Chronicle.

Beginning with “To our friends in Texas,” the letter offers support to Houston as it grapples with the aftermath of Harvey’s destruction.

“Twelve years ago, you took in hundreds of thousands of us. You opened your homes, closets and kitchens. You found schools for our kids and jobs to tide us over. Some of us are still there. And when the rest of the world told us not to rebuild, you told us not to listen. Keep our city and traditions alive.

“Now, no two storms are the same. Comparing rising waters is a waste of energy when you need it most. But know this — in our darkest hour, we found peace and a scorching, bright light of hope with our friends in Texas. And we hope you’ll find the same in us.

“Our doors are open. Our clothes come in every size. There’s hot food on the stove, and our cabinets are well-stocked. We promise to always share what we have.

“Soon, home will feel like home again, even if it seems like a lifetime away. We’ll be battling for football recruits under the Friday night lights. You’ll tell us to stop trying to barbeque. We’ll tell you to lay off your crawfish boil and come have the real thing. But for as long as you need, we’re here to help.

“The way of life you love the most will carry on. You taught us that. Your courage and care continues to inspire our whole city. We couldn’t be more proud to call you our neighbors, our friends, and our family. Texas forever.

“We’re with you, New Orleans.”

The letter is a powerful reminder that while storms like Katrina, Harvey and Irma can destroy our property and belongings, they can never take away our generosity, empathy and ability to connect.

While the note is from one city to another, it’s also a reminder — if you can help someone out, please do. Because one day, someone will remember, and help you, too.




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