Over the weekend our newsfeed were flooded with horrifying images of those affected by Hurricane Harvey, the worst storm in over 10 years to hit Texas. From images of young children trapped on top of their kitchen counters to nursing homes with seniors flooded to their torso to images of destruction, we’ve all wrapped our arms around Texas in prayer and we want to help. Here’s what we know and how you can support.
Sources close to Beyonce tell BCG that we will see a big announcement on an initiative with Beyonce’s Beygood Foundation as soon as this week. Many celebrities will be launching Crowdrise campaigns too – one such campaign created by Family Business Beer Company has already raised over $60,000.
In lieu of the spirit of giving, we want to remind you to be weary of random GoFund Me Pages and give to trusted sources. A meme over the weekend cautioning people to not give to Red Cross after what happened in Haiti has caused many to question giving to Red Cross. Yes the concerns with the American Red Cross are valid considering what happened with Haiti. However our forever President Barack Obama tweeted the foundation as one way to support tight now and we have hope that they will do right by the citizens of Texas. To donate donate today HARVEY ago 90999.
The Salvation Army is launching emergency disaster relief efforts – they will be delivering pallets of water and food into 27 mobile kitchen across the state. You can donate by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. A few things to know: 100% of your donation may not go directly to the cause, there are often credit card and admin fees, but a good portion will make it. Go to give.org to research relief organizations that meet BBB standards!
In-kind donations are needed too, people have lost everything. Many need food, diapers, clothing, baby food, shoes and much more. The true impact and need will be assessed in the next few weeks but there are plenty of ways to support and we encourage you to use these tips to get started.
Here’s a shout out to a few good people leading the charge Air BNB who we’re told is providing free housing for evacuees and also HEB Grocery Stores who will donate $100,000 if you live in Texas and shop this week you can donate too and it will be matched. We will continue to vet other opportunities to give back and share them with you, if you have an event or campaign to raise funding or items for the cause please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Local Houston Resources and Places to Donate:
Here are some local organizations that you can contact (found via the HoustonPress and Twitter), some in Houston and surrounding cities. Feel free to do your own research on them.
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
Healthcare for the Homeless
Emergency Aid Coalition
Santa Maria Hostel
Casa de Esperanza
Houston Area Women’s Shelter
South Texas Blood and Tissue Center
Texas Diaper Bank
Houston Furniture Bank
Kids Meals Houston
Photo Source: Getty Images and TIME Magazine