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Shampoo company, church donate food, personal hygiene products in Port Arthur after Hurricane Laura

Chi gave out $1 million in personal hygiene products and a church partnered with a Dallas area non-profit gave out 1,000 boxes of food.

PORT ARTHUR, Texas — More than two weeks after Hurricane Laura slammed into Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas, help is still pouring in. 

Chi shampoo held a giveaway Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Bob Bowers Civic Center in Port Arthur. 

Port Arthur Mayor Thurman Bartie said shampoo giveaway was to "bless up the city."

The company handed out one million dollars in hair products including shampoos, conditioners and styling products as well as hand sanitizer. 

Mayor Bartie said he hopes this will help people in Port Arthur feel good during tough times.     

"Even during a pandemic, after having evacuated, after having lost funds, you can still feel good by actually grooming yourself properly," he said. 

Volunteers gave out hundreds of bags to a line of cars. 

The company is scheduled to be in Beaumont next weekend. 

Also on Saturday, a non-profit and a Port Arthur church gave out more than 1,000 boxes of food at Memorial High School

The Dallas-area nonprofit Grace Hub, and Christian Church of Port Arthur hosted the event, which donated more than 24,000 pounds of food. 

The volunteers had to start the donation drive-thru two hours early because there were more than 200 cars in line by 10 a.m. Saturday. 

"I've had some family members who have transitioned and some friends who have passed from the coronavirus so the point is, I know that it's a very sensitive time in our community," Rev. Dr. Simeon Queen said. 

"If anybody can provide any subsidy that would help somebody better live a better quality of life, that's what we're trying to provide."

Anyone interested in donating can visit GraceHubInc.org