Surprises awaited family affected by Harvey as they walked into church for Thanksgiving

By Leigh Frillici - Reporter

HOUSTON - Arriving at Community of Faith church Thursday, Luzkenia Hernandez and her family came to give thanks.  

Through his charity, Bishop James Dixon helped the Hernandez family with so much.  A single mom of five plus a grandchild, she lost her home, most of what was in it and her car when Harvey rained down on Houston.  

“Bishop Dixon, he opened his arms,” Hernandez said. “He helped us out tremendously.”

Hernandez did not know that inside church, a surprise was waiting for them.

Singer Dorian Paul of Charlie Wilson and the Gap band, a native Houstonian and Kashmere High School graduate, who has sung with the likes of Michael Jackson, wanted to help.

“I really want to come and meet them,” Paul said. “I may find out something more that they need. This is Thanksgiving. This is Christmas. We still have families in hotels. They won’t see a Christmas tree. They won’t see a turkey. I just couldn't stand it.”

Bishop James Dixon told Dorian Paul of the family. His own charity "HTown Cares" was already helping them.

“We are in the process of completely building a new house for this family,” said Bishop Dixon.

Hernandez and her family had no idea that Dorian and his partner from 5th Avenue Entertainment Group had more in store for them. They presented Hernandez with a $1,000 check.  

The tears poured down Hernandez’s face as she thanked Paul and his business partner, William Burnell.

Over the next five weeks, Dorian and Burnell plan to present more families hard hit by the storm with a check for $1,000.

On Dec. 8, Paul is also releasing a new single called "I Believe" that will support hurricane victims. Proceeds from downloading the song will go to hurricane relief, as well as benefit concerts for affected areas.

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