Bakers Trapped Inside For Two Days Feed Hundreds Of Hurricane Harvey Victims

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Four bakers who were trapped in their shop for two days during Hurricane Harvey made hundreds of loaves of bread for victims.

The workers from Mexican bakery El Bolillo in Houston, Texas, were trapped inside due to the level of water on the streets.

Luckily though the bakery – which specialises in Mexican cakes and patisseries – had not been cut off from electricity and so the bakers worked through the night and the following day in order to help those who had been affected by the floods.

Just making the pan dulce we can make quickly now … doing our best thank you closing at 7

Posted by El Bolillo Bakery on Friday, 25 August 2017

Although they didn’t count the exact number of loaves made, the bakers did used nearly 2,000kg of flour, to make bread and pan dulce – Mexican sweet bread.

Manager Brian Alvarado told The Independent:

When they realised they were stuck, they decided to keep themselves busy and help the community and made as many loaves of bread as they could.

By the time the owner managed to get to them, they had made so much bread we took the loaves to loads of emergency centres across the city for people affected by the floods.

Hearts go out to those in danger and those who have lost everything.. we are closed until further notice, but our bakers…

Posted by El Bolillo Bakery on Sunday, 27 August 2017

The bakers decided to make all the bread not only to help others, but to try to take their minds off their friends and family, who they were worrying about.

When the bakers returned home, only one of them found his house to be damaged due to the floods.

The bakers have subsequently received thousands of messages of support on social media, from people all over the world:

It really was an amazing selfless act which ended up helping hundreds of victims.


Emily Murray

Emily Murray

Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn't writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.