The kitchen where George and Arva Dorsey prepare an 18-dish feast every Thanksgiving has been stripped of everything but its granite counter-tops, standing on their own with no appliances below. The house they renovated and expanded over three decades has been gutted down to its wooden beams.
Almost three months after Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas Gulf Coast, killing more than 80 people and damaging at least 200,000 homes, the Dorseys and other families are celebrating Thanksgiving however they can.
“We try to keep our head up, and we know that God is above all,” said Arva Dorsey, sitting next to her husband in the dining room where they would have served Thanksgiving dinner. “So many of the blessings have come through this disaster. We’re just grateful.”
George Dorsey said one possibility was the family including some members from out of town could spend Thursday with a friend. Or they might go to a local buffet-style restaurant for turkey and trimmings.