DICKINSON, Texas - Thanksgiving dinner is going to look and feel a lot different for thousands of families whose homes were damaged by Harvey.
One of the hardest-hit areas was Dickinson, and while some families are having to alter their routine for their Thanksgiving meal, they say they’re not letting the storm ruin the tradition.
Many residents are cooking for friends and family members still not able to go back home. That was evident with shoppers buying more food than usual at the Kroger on FM 517 on Wednesday afternoon. While their carts were full of the usual ingredients and Thanksgiving staples like turkey, stuffing, and dessert, many were purchasing the quickest, easiest-to-prepare items possible, like pre-cooked meat.
Shoppers at the store say even after a rough year, they still have so much to be thankful for.
“That’s the main thing is family,” Linda Placencia said. “My sister lost everything downstairs. We’re having Thanksgiving at her house with rented tables and chairs, disposable flatware, tableware, tablecloth, everything. She really needs us to pick her up, so we’re all pitching in to help her out.”
Karen Clark says after her sister’s home flooded, she’s housing relatives and cooking for family and friends impacted by the storm.
“Everybody’s going to friends,” Clark said. “Everybody’s taking care of everybody, so there’s not a problem.”
Tammy Hoover, who says she’s currently living in the second story of her home while it’s being repaired from the flooding, said she and her family were headed to San Antonio to spend time with family.
“We’ll have somebody else preparing dinner,” Hoover said. “Hopefully next year, we’ll be in our house celebrating.”