Loudoun Businesses Rally to Help Harvey Victims

Even 1,000 miles away from Hurricane Harvey, Loudoun County businesses are lending a hand to those who were in its destructive path.

Rita’s, located in the Village at Leesburg, offered a 10 percent rainy day discount to all its customers yesterday, and donated 25 percent of its total sales that day to the American Red Cross, specifically for those suffering from the effects of the storm.

Spanky’s Shenanigans is using its Wednesday Yappy Hour today to collect donations for Harvey’s four-legged victims. Donations will be collected for A Forever Home, an animal rescue group that is sending a team down to Texas to help displaced animals.

Yappy Hour has been running for eight years on Spanky’s popular outdoor deck, and typically sees a full deck and about 30 dogs each week. Every week, 10 percent of sales on the deck during Yappy Hour are donated to an area animal rescue.

Bartenders Joni Smith and Katie Pittas decided to use this week’s Yappy Hour to directly benefit those animals displaced by Harvey. In addition to the donations collected, Smith and Pittas will also donate their tips. One of Spanky’s employees, Jessie Delp, is a volunteer and foster parent with A Forever Home and is among the team of people headed down to Texas later this week, Smith said.

Today’s Yappy Hour is expected to draw a crowd of furry friends and their owners. The initial post about Yappy Hour’s cause was shared on Facebook almost 200 times in a little over 24 hours, with residents pledging to bring everything from dog crates to leashes to food to water and everything in between.

This weekend, Loudouners can do what they do best to help hurricane victims—sip wine. Fabbioli Cellars has announced that it will donate $1 for every bottle of wine purchased through the Labor Day weekend. The winery will also accept cash or check donations made out to the Red Cross and will ensure it gets delivered quickly to aide in helping those in south Texas and along the Gulf Coast impacted by the storm.

Art Shaw, a wine educator at Fabbioli Cellars who also serves as a partnership officer for the American Red Cross, posted a video on Facebook from Houston, where he was helping set up shelters and organize volunteers. “We have 200 or 300 volunteers here already and many more will be coming in,” he said. “Please consider your neighbors in Texas and donate to the Red Cross.”

krodriguez@loudounnow.com

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