When such a large-scale disaster like this happens, it’s easy to feel helpless, especially when you’re miles away. But no matter where you are in the country, there’s a way for all of us to come together and help.
In times of crisis, any action, big or small, is making a difference.
If you’re not sure where to start, I’ve gathered some resources from my community that have been helpful to me and I hope will help you begin to navigate how to take action.
If you’re not in Texas, donate:
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund through the Greater Houston Community Foundation which accepts tax deductible donations for flood relief victims.
Driscoll Children’s Hospital is directly in the path of Hurricane Harvey. Thankfully, many patients have been transported out to other hospitals, but they are anticipating damage to the facility. Make an online donation at www.driscollchildrens.org to help with repairs.
Support the homeless community in Houston by making a donation to the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County.
Make a donation to Houston Helping Hands. You can donate money to the organization, or food, clothing, and furniture for families in need.
If you’re local:
Airbnb is offering free housing to evacuees who check in between August 23 and September 1. Give (1-855-424-7262) a call to set up your home as a listing.
Drop off non-perishable food, bleach, and paper towels to Feeding Texas, which is coordinating with local food banks on distributing food and cleaning supplies.
Head over to southtexasblood.org or call 210-731-5590 to schedule an appointment to donate blood.
Visit texasdiaperbank.org to donate cash or diapers and designate your donation for Disaster Relief.
What other resources am I missing? Comment with additional resources you’ve come across to keep the conversation going!