New Orleanians know what it’s like to face an epic storm and flooding. The New Orleans media knows what it’s like to do that, while also working around the clock to cover it and get essential, live-saving information out to the public. With that in mind, The Press Club of New Orleans partnered with Community Coffee to support our journalism colleagues at The Houston Chronicle.
The Chronicle staff, while enduring personal loss and in some cases risking their own safety, has been covering Hurricane Harvey, the ensuing floods, as well as rescue, relief and recovery efforts since Aug. 28, without a day off. The PCNO board, on behalf of the club’s members, sought a way to provide comfort, support and a little pick-me-up to our colleagues in Texas. What better way than coffee? Especially to a room full of journalists. A huge shipment of Community Coffee, cups, creamer, sugar and stirs was shipped to the newsroom on Sept. 5.
“Thank you from the staff at The Houston Chronicle!” wrote features staffer Elizabeth Pudwill after receiving the delivery. “Every gift brings tears of gratitude to me and the staff. We also sent some of the coffee over to The Beaumont Enterprise.”
We were able to send our counterparts in Houston a show of support with the help of Community Coffee, which made the donation in the name of the PCNO as part of its donations program (which provides coffee for programs that benefit the local educational systems grades Pre-K through 12 as well as nonprofit charitable organizations with 501(c)3 status). To see that gift shared with journalists at another newsroom going through the same experience is icing on the cake and a testament to the generosity of our friends in Texas. They truly are #TexasStrong.