“You’re seeing the worst of mother nature and the best of human nature.” Chris Cuomo
Hurricane Harvey is wreaking havoc here in Texas. Many, many people have lost EVERYTHING. Places like Rockport and Port Aransas as well as their surrounding towns and communities were hit the hardest with homes and businesses being completely demolished. Many of the residents don’t even have a place to return.
As of today, clean up efforts are beginning in these areas and electric companies are working to bring power back as well. The city of Houston and surrounding areas are getting much of the medias attention due to the constant downpour of rain causing major flooding throughout the area. Rescue efforts have been underway for a few days now and are likely to continue for a few more.
My in-law’s home was flooded in La Grange due to the Colorado river cresting at the banks. Thankfully and ironically they are safe and sound in a hotel in Houston. We are seeing the domino effect of our rivers as the water runs down and continues to crest and flood other towns as well. Wharton is another one dealing with flooding. So far, we are safe and have not seen any damage here in our town.
“What we’ve witnessed in Texas is the best of America. People from different cultural and economic and racial backgrounds coming together to demonstrate that all lives matter and showing through actions, not protests, what it looks like to love thy neighbor.” Genevieve Wood
If you are like me, you are watching this catastrophic event unfold and want to do something to help, but not exactly sure how. There is an abundant amount of information being released and the needs are different in each location. It’s almost impossible to keep up. I wanted to make this post to possibly help with the decision of how, what and where to donate for my fellow Texans and anyone else that feels led to help.
- Monetary donations are always helpful in these situations. There are many organizations that are set up for you to donate to. Please research to make sure your donation is going back to either the victims of Harvey or rebuilding efforts. JJ Watt has set up this YOUCARING page and has pledged that all money raised will go straight to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
- Adopt a family. Check your local hotels for evacuees and adopt one or more if you are able. Bring them a warm meal and care package with gift cards to local restaurants and grocery stores. Take donations for clothing and necessities for them. Make them feel welcome in your community.
- Give blood. You may not be able to give monetarily or have the funds to help out. Giving blood is free. You can find information on blood drives near you and other helpful information about donating here.
- Volunteer. Whether you are driving for hours to help with shelters, clean up, etc. Your time is always a great way to help out. You can also help out at a local shelter and your local food pantry. (If you are heading into the disaster area to volunteer, please be sure to listen to local officials for the best direction.)
- Donate items. You may have gently used items laying around the house you are willing to donate for those in need. BEFORE donating make sure those items are needed and you’re not just donating because you need to get rid of them. Some items may not be needed or may not serve a purpose at the time. If you are purchasing items to donate, check local entities to see what is needed most and what needs you can fulfill. (I’ve been seeing laundry detergent as a need today for evacuees to go to the laundry mat. You may also throw in a roll of quarters too.)
There are so many ways to help out in a disaster and ALL of your efforts are greatly appreciated! Watching fellow Texans helping one another has been humbling. And even those coming from out of state to help. Texas is facing pure devastation and we are seeing strangers helping strangers. Its an amazing sight! Bless you, all!
**Check local social media pages in the areas of disaster to find the latest up to date lists for donating items of need.
**If you have questions about a specific area of Texas and need help, please feel free to email or comment below. I will do my best to get you the information you are looking for.
(This post is not exact or the only information for helping with this horrific disaster created by Hurricane Harvey. They are merely suggestions. )