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Rachael Tobor made these cinnamon rolls for Missy McClure so her family could have them for Christmas. (Photo: Rachael Tobor)
Missy McClure is one of many Houstonians this holiday season who are making do without a kitchen after Hurricane Harvey. Missy shared her story with us in The Holidays After Harvey: But what about the cinnamon rolls? by Deborah Lynn Blumberg in our Dec. 2017 print issue. In it, she described her makeshift kitchen on the second floor of her Bellaire home, which has gotten through everyday simple meals but which she knew couldn’t handle what she needed to make her favorite, traditional cinnamon rolls, which she makes for her daughters every year.
At the time in which the article went to press, Missy was unsure where she’d be making her cinnamon rolls but was determined that her daughters would have them fresh for Christmas morning, just like every Christmas pre-Harvey.
We were so touched to receive multiple calls and emails from Buzz residents – total strangers to Missy – offering up their kitchens to her. Missy directly received many offers of help too. Ultimately, a friend of a friend, Rachael Tobor, reached out to Missy and said she bakes those same cinnamon rolls every year and offered to bake them and bring them over so the McClure family can have them and warm them up for Christmas.
“It’s been a wonderful, heartwarming feeling,” Missy said, describing how many people offered up their kitchens to her. “The devastation from Harvey has really brought the community together. Through all the rough days, it’s incredible to see how people are willing to help in so many ways.”