23/52 Hurricane Harvey Help

 What is happening to people in the path of Hurricane Harvey is so hard to watch. Everyone seems to have someone they know that is dealing with this crazy storm.  For me, it is my friend Dana. She and her family which includes two precious little babies were picked up by boat just this morning after their home in Beaumont, TX flooded. Obviously, I can’t imagine what it feels like to be trapped in your home with your babies but I wanted to try and send her something to help with the situation. So I am auctioning off this painting below and 100% of proceeds will be given directly to them. If you are looking for other ways to help, I am also sharing information that a Houston based fashion blogger Veronika Blushing’s put together below. You can find the full version Veronikasblushing.com



R E L I E F  I T E M S/ N E E D S- B A S E D

The Texas Diaper Bank supports the basic needs of vulnerable babies, children with disabilities and seniors. The Texas Diaper Bank is asking for cash and diaper donations to help provide for the victims in Texas. Click here to learn how to donateSource.

Purchase/donate cleaning kits from UMCOR, here.

The George R. Brown Convention Center shelter needs the following:


M O N E T A R Y  D O N A T I O NS

Houston Texans player JJ Watt is raising funds for hurricane Harvey relief, here (it has raised over $1 million so far).

You can donate to the Red Cross directly, here or text 90999 to donate $10. If you’re looking to volunteer your time to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army are in need of volunteers to help at shelters. You can learn how to volunteer for the American Red Cross here and for the Salvation Army here (Source)

Amazon and Apple are collecting funds. Read more here.

The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services is working to help provide food and clothing to victims seeking shelter. Donors can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or click here (Source)

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund after receiving an overwhelming number of inquiries of people reaching out to offer help. The funds will be administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation and accepts tax-deductible flood-relief donations. To donate or to learn more, click here.  Source.

You can donate to Texas Children’s Hospital, here, so that the hospital can continue to support its patients’ greatest needs. See a video from Texas Children’s during the hurricane, here.

His Grace Foundation is an organization that helps ease the multitude of stressors faced by families with children on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Texas Children’s Hospital, allowing families to focus on supporting their child during the crucial treatment and recovery period. As a result of this hurricane, they will have an increased need for funds to help families that are facing the loss of their homes, cars and other issues while they are also in the hospital with their sick child. You can donate here.

The global crowdfunding community is attempting to raise $2 million to “provide relief to survivors in the form of emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine in addition to longer-term recovery assistance to help residents recover and rebuild.” Global Giving says all donations made to the fund will be exclusively used to support local relief and recovery efforts. Click here to learn how to donate.  Source.

The National VOAD will be in Houston providing relief and recovery for years to come, and will need your assistance.  You can donate to a Texas VOAD Member or a National VOAD Member to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Texas Baptist Men is an organization a friend has served for. They provide meals to the first responders and those in the hard hit areas in need of food, mobile showers and laundry for first responders and those affected, child care assistance at shelters and construction including temporary roof repairs to prevent further damage.

United Way of Greater Houston has set up a relief fund that people can donate to. The organization said its first priority is shelter and basic needs like food. The organization said it will also focus on long-term recovery efforts. (source)

 

All of these are safe and easy ways to do something to give to those that have had to go through this unimaginable experience! Thank you to everyone choosing to help!

-Lauren

 

 

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