I’m taking a day off our regular programming to talk about the devastation going on in southeast Texas. You may not know this, I’m originally from Houston, Texas. Seeing the destruction that hurricane Harvey has had on Houston and the surrounding areas is heartbreaking. While I’ve spent time on social media checking on people and linking ways to help, it seems logical that I take today and give you some links and resources.
Times like these seem overwhelming and hopeless. But this I know – Texans are resilient! I’ve had several readers reach out on social media and via e-mail asking if I could take some time to give guidance as to how we can help. I pulled this list together based on recommendations and where I am personally donating. The people of Houston need money and items. They are displaced and in many instances separated from their family, pets and loved ones. Let’s help them heal. $10, $100, $1,000… anything you can do is greatly appreciated!
Please pray for Houston that they may have quick healing and the strength to rebuild. THANK YOU!
xoxo – Tanya
P.S. Tomorrow we will resume our regular schedule of lifestyle blog posts. This post will always be here and I will continue to link to it.
How you can help victims of hurricane Harvey
Salvation Army – Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services is the relief arm of the charitable organization, which is part of the universal Christian Church. The organization is taking donations to provide “physical, emotional and spiritual care to survivors and relief workers.”
Austin Disaster Relief Network – is asking for toiletries, inflatable mattresses, undergarments, and cleaning tools. They can be dropped off at the Hope Family Thrift Store in Austin. Volunteers can also sign up for cleaning efforts there. The Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group needs construction cleanup supplies — debris containers, truck cranes, forklifts, ladders, and nail guns.
Donate food and clothing: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is asking people to donate clothing, medical supplies, baby items, and food to nearby shelters. Feeding Texas is coordinating with local food banks to distribute food and cleaning supplies. The organization is asking people to drop off non-perishable food, bleach, and paper towels.
The Texas Diaper Bank is seeking diaper donations. You can mail them to 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, Texas 78238 or drop them off at the same address. Donations can be made to TexasDiaperBank.com
Donate blood: The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center desperately needs more than 2,000 units of blood. The biggest need is for O positive and O negative. A list of locations to donate blood can be found here.
Catholic Charities USA – Catholic Charities USA, a Catholic social service organization, is seeking donations to help those who have been affected by Harvey.The group has set up a website devoted to Harvey relief, and explains that “long-term recovery” is part of the group’s approach to disasters like this one.