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Spokane businesses step up to help victims of Hurricane Harvey

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Inland Northwest is rallying around victims of Hurricane Harvey with donation opportunities all around the City of Spokane.
Local businesses are holding special events to help with the ongoing relief efforts. The best part: it likely includes activities you were planning to do anyway.
The devastation happening in Houston has shocked the country, and is something not many of us in the Inland Northwest can understand.
"It's just kind of unfathomable, you know, freeways covered up and people can't get basic services, and people trapped and they're still trapped," said Patrick McPherson, owner of The Blackbird and Manito Taphouse.
The tragedy is also helping bring out the best in Americans, as we rally around those victims. Local businesses are now doing what they can.
At Fleet Feet locations in Spokane, the business is collecting socks and gently worn shoes to send to the victims of the floods.
"We're sending lightly used and returned product down to San Antonio and/or Houston, working with local faith-based organizations and The Red Cross to get those to people in need," said Wade Pannell, president of Fleet Feet Spokane.
You can also help by grabbing a refreshing beer. At The Blackbird and Manito Taphouse, all you have to do is order a pint of "Red, White & No-Li" Amber Ale.
"We called up No-Li and they didn't hesitate to match the funds that we donate. So, $1 from us and $1 from them will go to help everybody down there," McPherson said.
If you've been wanting to see a show at the Spokane Comedy Club, take a trip this weekend (Sept. 1-3) when the proceeds from all ticket sales will be donated to Harvey relief.
Businesses say they know this won't solve the problem, but everything we do helps.
"If everybody helps out a little bit, it'll add up to a lot," said McPherson.