Chuck Haupt for the American Red Cross
If you’ve seen anything on the news, or even just your social media, you’ll know that southeast Texas has been left in devastating conditions due to hurricane Harvey. The hurricane left Texas with “unprecedented” flooding, several people dead and many Texans without their homes. The photographs are heartbreaking to see, and while I sit here in NYC, I feel like there is more I want to be able to do.
There are many different organizations pulling together resources people need to get by in this difficult time. Most of us don’t have a huge amount of cash we can give, but if you skip that $5 latte, bring lunch for the day, you can put money toward some of the causes below. It may not seem like much, but it’s $5 more than they had before. Here’s where you can help from wherever you are:
The Red Cross has a massive relief response underway and needs financial donations to be able to provide immediate help. You can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Greater Good and Wag, the dog walking app, have partnered together to help displaced animals. Donations will be used to get pets food, medicine, and shelter supplies. Wag is currently matching your donations dollar for dollar to make even more of a difference.
— ABC News (@ABC) August 30, 2017
Mayor Sylvester Turner created this fund that will accept tax deductible flood relief donations, and it will be housed by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.
Houston is a caring city that fosters cooperation, neighbors looking out for neighbors, and pulling together to face our shared challenge.
— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) August 30, 2017
Houston’s LGBTQ counseling and community center, The Montrose Center, has created the LGBTQ Disaster Relief Fund in order to help their LGBTQ community members who have been displaced due to the storm. Donations will be used to help individuals and families rebuild their lives through counseling, direct assistance with food, furniture, and more.
The Center is open a ready to help! Clients in crisis can call (713) 529-0037. pic.twitter.com/iQcFLnnfOc
— The Montrose Center (@Montrose_Center) August 30, 2017
Food is a top priority for most people who evacuated their homes and placed into shelters. Houston Food Bank is taking monetary donations, as well as food donations (see list on their site), to help victims of the hurricane.
— Gwyneth Paltrow (@GwynethPaltrow) August 29, 2017
To be honest, this is a crazy time in our country right now, but my faith in humanity has been restored just a bit after seeing the extreme acts of kindness, heroism and generosity given to those in need in Texas right now. So, skip that coffee today, and donate to your relief fund of choice.