Houston may be 1,400 miles away, but locals in the DMV are treating people there as if they were their neighbors down the street.
Businesses all over the metropolitan area are providing Houston residents with help following the events of Hurricane Harvey.
Architectural Ceramics spent the day loading up a truck in Rockville with goods donated from the community. The items, which included everything from a boat to muffins, will be sent to a Houston area church Wednesday.
"We really believe that God has given us a platform here to help people," said Architectural Ceramics President Trey House. "And, so through our non-profitable organization 'Washington Cares', we like to do these sort of things."
All-Star Legacy Gym, in Front Royal, is collecting items to give to one of its sister gyms in Texas.
"They're the ones (the kids) who came forward and brought the idea, using our gym and our cheer environment and positive energy, to connect with another gym or group of kids," said Trisha Hart, director of operations for All-Star Legacy.
The Victory Van Corporation, in Sterling, is also collecting cases of water and toilet paper over the next 7 days to help with the relief effort.
"Victory Van has friends and family in Houston that need our help," said Chris Patton, CEO of the Victory Van Corporation. "We have the logistics experience to help in ways that the general public can't, so we believe that it's our duty to provide relief."
Donors can drop off goods at 110 Terminal Dr, Sterling Va. 20166.