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Out of darkness, hope is born. And out of Harvey, heroes emerged, enough to fill this entire magazine and then some. Here are just a few:

The seven El Bolillo bakers who, upon finding themselves stranded inside the Wayside location, spent two days and nights baking thousands of bread loaves they’d later deliver to shelters, churches and first responders…

...PR guru Dutch Small and Houston Food Finder creator Phaedra Cook, who coordinated donations and deliveries nonstop even though they were both out of town, in Atlanta and San Diego, respectively…

Benjy Levit, owner of Benjy’s and Local Foods, which together raised $49,500 for relief efforts…

…the guy who dressed up as Spider-Man to entertain and delight evacuated kids inside George R. Brown…

Eric Berger and Matt Lanza, whose frequent and matter-of-fact posts on Space City Weather became required reading…

…29-year-old screenwriter Zachary Dearing, who took charge of a Rockport shelter harboring over 120 people during the hurricane, despite having no medical or logistical experience, leading state officials to describe him as “a one-man army running a triage hospital with nothing”…

…the 5-year-old in Philadelphia who opened a lemonade stand to raise money for flood victims

…Unified Communication CEO Jason Herbst, who gave a ruined piano a fitting sendoff by playing a bluesy tune as a “flood recital” while helping neighbors salvage their belongings…

the giant floating beds of fire ants, who have clearly been listening to Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor” on repeat (see also: Harvey villains)…

Shayda Habib and the other Sugar Land Pizza Hut employees who delivered pizzas to neighborhood families via kayak

...the unidentified pastor who risked his life checking flooded cars on the freeway to make sure no one was stranded inside…

HISD, for providing three meals a day to every student for the entire school year after receiving a waiver from the Texas Department of Agriculture, and opening nine meal centers offering three free meals a day to all members of the community…

Nicole Richert of Cypress, who took in 16 people and seven dogs that she found taking shelter at a Shell station…

JJ Watt, who raised a whopping $33 million with a promise to deliver aid directly to locals in need…

…Denver-based company TekDry, whose employees drove through the night to offer free cellphone drying services outside the GRB…

…the man who went wakeboarding behind a pickup truck in a flooded ditch, lifting spirits…

…the owner of State of Grace, whose every employee was compensated—in wages and projected tips—while the restaurant was closed due to the storm...

...people who wanted to help rescue flood victims…

…the Chambers County police officers who rescued stranded animals from a flooded shelter in Hankamer, Texas…

…all the companies that gave employees extra hurricane days off to recover…

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the team from 8th Wonder Brewery, who took their tank-size truck out and used it to rescue people…

…all the alligators that, despite making their way into many neighborhoods and houses, declined to eat anyone…

Mattress Mack, who not only opened his furniture stores to anyone who needed food and shelter, but also sent his trucks out to deliver food from restaurants to shelters and first responders…

…the strangers who formed a human chain to rescue a man in a sinking SUV

…the line of volunteers that stretched around the block at George R. Brown even as the Harvey rains continued to fall…

… rapper Bun B and music manager Scooter Braun, for organizing a relief telethon and concert…

…the surgeons at LBJ Hospital and other medical centers who worked five-day shifts during the storm…

…the Cajun Navy, the Cajun Army, the Texas Navy, and all others with boats or kayaks who had a hand in rescuing thousands of people from their homes…

H-E-B, which sent multiple mobile kitchens and disaster-relief units to Victoria, where each could serve up to 2,500 hot meals per hour to storm victims and first responders…

Lindsay Duke, who started an online petition, signed so far by over 90,000 people, to rename Highway 99 the JJ Watt Parkway, in recognition of his humanitarian efforts after Harvey…

…24-year-old Bert Ramon, a Houston police officer with stage 4 cancer who ignored his health-mandated desk duty, reported to his nearest station, and assisted more than 1,500 people…

…Memorial High School teacher Holly Hartman, who shared the story of her grueling, heartbreaking night working as a remote dispatcher for the Cajun Navy in the Houston Chronicle

Shea Serrano, the local writer who challenged his online fans to donate to Harvey relief efforts and ended up raising more than $130,000…

…Phoenix resident Carole Davis, who worked with Blue Willow Books owner Valerie Koehler to create a program that allowed customers to purchase books for children in shelters and damaged schools, which raised $10,600 in a week…

…Meyerland’s Nick Sissa, who used his giant military truck to rescue 300 people from his neighborhood in two days…

Coca-Cola, which gave permission for Beaumont residents to break into their warehouse and remove cases of water to distribute to Harvey victims after the city’s water-treatment plant flooded…

the team at King’s BierHaus, who opened the place on August 28 and offered a free beer per person to Houstonians who needed to get out of the house and mingle for a little while…

…Vietnamese-born California billionaire Kieu Hoang, who donated $5 million to relief efforts in Houston to honor the first city that welcomed him as an immigrant in 1975…

…soon-to-be-former Rockets owner Les Alexander, who to date has made the largest donation to Harvey relief efforts, pledging $10 million (sorry, Jim Crane!)…

…actor Dennis Quaid, who rocked a baseball jersey from his alma mater, Bellaire High School, during the Hand in Hand telethon…

Raz Halili, the Texas-born son of Albanian refugees, who was dubbed “RescueBae” after selfies he took while saving people via JetSki in Port Arthur went viral…

…San Antonio’s Kimberly Gager, who used her extreme couponing skills to procure carts full of diapers, toiletries, cleaning products and other supplies that she was able to distribute to at least 30 groups and families affected by the storm…

 

Watch #handinhand tonight and please donate at www.handinhand2017.com

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Selena Gomez, who recorded an emotional and moving tribute to the Saldivar family, six of whom died trying to escape rising flood waters, as part of the Hand in Hand benefit...

…major stars like George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Oprah, Justin Bieber and Kerry Washington, who spent time answering phones during the Hand in Hand telethon and helped it raise $44 million for hurricane victims…

…Real Housewife Bethenny Frankel, who made a trip to Houston to support Dress for Success, donating $300,000 raised by her B Strong foundation to help women and families affected by Harvey to get back on their feet…

Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor and Lyle Lovett, among others, for comprising possibly the best concert lineup of all time with their “Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas” benefit in Austin.