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The flooding and devastation in Houston this week has been tough to watch from a distance. One Texas company is now stepping up to help.

Whataburger is offering free meals to all uniformed first responders in the Houston area. The offer, which was announced on Twitter and confirmed by a spokeswoman, runs from noon Wednesday, April 20 through midnight Saturday, April 23, and is valid at 129 Whataburger locations in the Houston area.

[UPDATE April 22 at 3:46 p.m.: Whataburger announced today it donated $100,000 to the Red Cross to aid relief efforts in Houston.]

This is just the latest case of fast-food companies lending a hand during times of crisis. After tornadoes ravaged North Texas last December, several Chick-Fil-A restaurants had volunteers cook and distribute free meals to police, firefighters and medical teams on the scene.

CNN reports seven people died and more than 1,200 were rescued from the city, where more than a foot of rain fell. Several local organizations are taking food and blood; see how you can help the victims.

Related: Midwife rides inflatable swan through Houston floods to deliver baby

Trucks slowly drive through flood waters on North I-45 in Houston. More than a foot of rain Monday in parts of Houston left scores of subdivisions and several major highways under water, knocked out power to thousands of people and closed schools.

Trucks slowly drive through flood waters on North I-45 in Houston. More than a foot of rain Monday in parts of Houston left scores of subdivisions and several major highways under water, knocked out power to thousands of people and closed schools.

Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle via AP
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