Erica Briggs remembers what it was like in Victoria and the surrounding areas after Hurricane Harvey. She was chairwoman of the board for the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent and a regular volunteer at that time.

So when it looked like her good friend from high school, Mindy Steininger Newland, might get the brunt of Hurricane Laura where she lives in Lumberton, Texas, she leapt into action.

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Elena Anita Watts covers arts, culture and entertainment for the Victoria Advocate. 

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