“To our dismay, the waters came in and surrounded the stores,” Michaelis told CNN. “And we were unable to get to these bakers until Monday.”
The bakers kept working despite the rising waters. They were able to produce 5,000 pieces of bread from 4,000 pounds of flour, CNN reported.
By Monday, the employees were ready to go home. Since then, they have been giving out bread to evacuees from the storm, and have donated milk and eggs to another bakery that had run out of supplies, CNN reported.
“This isn't about us and anything of promotional purposes at all. It's about reaching out and trying to help the community that has helped us for 21 years to grow where we're at right now," Michaelis told CNN. "We're just trying to be a blessing to other people that have been to us.”.
A photo of the bakers has drawn international attention. Former Mexican President Vicente Fox, a harsh critic of President Donald Trump, praised the bakers on Twitter and could not resist taking a shot at the president
“@realDonaldTrump in your face! These are the ‘bad hombres,’ you're so scared of, giving a taste of solidarity in a time of need,” Fox tweeted.