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Businesses open their doors to offer warmth, power

Posted at 3:03 PM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 17:27:20-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEX. — With many around the city still without power and heat in their homes, some local businesses are offering them a place to warm up and power up.

The “Party Sisters”, Krystal Baxter and Kathy Ramirez, were going to be at work Thursday anyway, so they opened their business -- Celebrations -- to anyone in need of a warm spot.

With plenty of power, goodies, and even a microwave to warm food, the sisters turned their event center into a charging station. A place where people could charge their devices as well as themselves.

“It just feels good to help somebody else that’s in need and doesn’t have what you have right now,” Baxter said. “If you can lend a hand, it’s always beneficial to help somebody else.”

They weren't alone.

Just down Alameda St., Coffee waves was open for the first time since Sunday.

"We’ve been in and out trying to manage shipments that were still able to get through, though some still haven’t gotten here," said manager Steven Harrison. "We had some pipe issues and all that."

With a limited menu, Coffee Waves allowed its customers to pay what they could.

"Whether that’s pay ahead for the next people coming, or if you’re in a spot there’s no pressure, you don’t have to pay," said Harrison.

Just two examples of neighbors helping neighbors in any way they can.

"It’s something that caught everyone off guard," said Harrison. "Luckily we are in a position where we can help people out."

"It just feels good to help somebody else that’s in need and doesn’t have what you have right now," said Baxter.

The “Party Sisters”, and other business owners, said as long as their neighbors need help, they’re happy to give it.