Hi friends! I wanted to put together a brief post gathering some resources and ways to help the victims of hurricane Harvey. It's completely heartbreaking to see so many displaced families and the devastation left by all of the flooding. It's so easy to move on and forget the seriousness of this situation for thousands of families, especially when we are in different parts of the US and don't have a direct connection to everything taking place. I encourage you to not only pray for these families and the recovery of this city but also to donate. Even if it's just a few dollars. Every bit helps and go such a long way in providing the resources these families need.
Quite a few of these resources were provided by you and my friend Emily over at Freckled Fox. A huge thank you to everyone who has come together to provide ideas and resources. I've divided up different ways you can serve and donate below. Thank you so much for supporting Houston and loving on these people. xox
The JJ Watt YouCaring fund page - It has already raised over $5,000,000! YouCaring is a great resource for donating funds since this platform takes significantly less that others like GoFundMe.
The American Red Cross - Donation opportunities set up that are all tax deductible. Also looking for blood donations. Carter Bloodcare & South Texas Blood & Tissue are also accepting blood donations.
Samaritans Purse - They are sending disaster relief units around the area with volunteers and resources for the families. A great place to volunteer too for the coming months!
Grace Church - Local church raising funds to be on the ground helping people, providing emergency supplies, shelter, repairs and immediate assistance to hurricane victims and their families.
The Salvation Army - Providing food and water to first responders and preparing for massive feeding efforts for residents.
Youth with a Mission - Works with homeless and currently raising funs for a disaster relief trailer.
SMALL BUSINESS DONATING PROCEEDS...
Texas Forever T-Shirts by Chip & Joanna Gaines - 100% of the proceeds for the purchase of their Texas shirts go towards helping the victims. Running August 28th-September 30th.
Lindbergh Candle Co. - 10% of all our proceeds will be going to the Harvey relief fund throughout the remainder of 2017, including our proceeds from our show at Indie Craft Parade in Greenville, SC.
Armed with Hope - A small business offering 20% off with code HELPHUSTON and contributing 100% of proceeds to Convoy of Hope which takes volunteers and delivers emergency supplies.
The Texas Diaper Bank - Based in San Antonio, they are putting together relief kits for families with little ones that need clean diapers for their sweet babies.
Animals - Many pets of been displaced from their families and the SPCA is taking in hundreds of animals. They are accepting donations to help with a lot of the costs and also have foster opportunities available.
Best Friends - Rescuing animals and providing support for local shelters.
Austin Pets Alive! - Transported more than 235 animals to its shelter. Seeking donations as well as people who can adopt animals. Need financial donations the most.
Coalition for the Homeless of Houston - Coordinates city's response to homelessness. They have been providing updated information on shelters with available beds.
Airbnb - Set up urgent accommodations site where people can open their homes to evacuees from the storm or find shelter themselves. Service fees are waived for those who check in by September 1st.
A number of food banks will be aiding the affected areas. Consider donating money instead of food, as it allows a food bank to use your donation most efficiently.
Feeding Texas - Statewide nonprofit that works alongside relief efforts.
Houston Food Bank
Galveston Food Bank
Food Bank of the Golden Crescent (Victoria)
Corpus Christi Food Bank
Southeast Texas Food Bank (Beaumont)
Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley (Pharr)
Brazos Valley Food Bank (Bryan)
Central Texas Food Bank (Austin)
San Antonio Food Bank
There are SO many ways to help, and these are just a few! If you have an organizations and small businesses close to your heart that are helping with Houston relief efforts, please feel free to share in the comments below.
Sending so much love and prayers your way Texas. We love you!