I sit here writing looking out my window to beautiful sunshine, thinking back to this time last week we were surrounded by purple-grey skies and the entire city pockets of islands and most areas under water. My heart aches thinking back to what has happened here only a short 5 days ago. You never think something of this capacity could happen in your own backyard – in your own hometown. These past few days of recovery – flooring, carpets and the damaged furniture left on the sides of the road, the stench the filthy waters left behind (a minor yet equally large and disgusting side effect), over 500,000 vehicles damaged, thousands of damaged homes and thousands upon thousands of displaced people and pets – making this one of the costliest disasters in U.S. and certainly the costliest in Texas history.
But the love that this city, and this entire STATE has shown the world, brings me to (the happiest of) tears. People of different colors, sexual orientations, and political affiliations coming together to bring complete strangers into their homes as an escape from the rain and rising waters, if they had a boat – helped evacuate people without discrimination. We, as Texans, have shown the rest of the country and the rest of the world what it means to be truly united and what unification can accomplish.
Not only did Texans show their truest colors in the midst of the most chaotic part of this disaster, but we continue to show our pride and our love for our neighbors through this time by donating our time and our money to help those who continue to be in need.
If you’re reading this from a different city or a different state or even a different country – there are things you can do to help! The easiest being texting Harvey to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross. This can help all Texans, especially those in Port Aransas, Corpus Christi, Port Arthur and Beaumont who’ve also endured some of the worst aftermath of this awful storm. But if you’re wanting to keep the donations local, here are a few of my suggestions :
- Donate to the Houston SPCA or Houston PetSet – the Houston SPCA is a huge help to this city’s displaced and stray animals, and there’s no doubt that plenty of four legged creatures are as in much need as their humans!
- Starting out with a goal of $200,000, the Texans mega-star and heart throb, JJ Watt has now raised over $18 MILLION. And we know this will go to helping those in our own backyard. If you’re interested in seeing how much this charity can raise – go to the Houston Flood Relief Fund and donate whatever you can!
- Donate to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund – an online donation portal through the City of Houston
- Donate to the Houston Diaper Bank – babies are expensive, and we KNOW that they need diapers on diapers on diapers. Lend a helping hand by donating to this fund or pick up a few packs of diapers on your way to a shelter (dont forget tampons and pads as well!). These little absorbing tools mean more to so many people than we could imagine.
- Donate clothing, blankets, towels, personal hygiene products, cleaning products, and non-perishable food items to plenty of different places – especially food to the Houston Food Bank. But so many places are over capacity of items that have been donated, check out Swamplot to see the donation centers in your area and what they are accepting and what they are in need of
- VOLUNTEER – at this point, shelters have also reached capacity to how many volunteers they are accepting, but there are so many more people that could use the help to clear out their flooded homes and businesses. Swamplot is also a great resource to see who could use volunteers to help clear out aforementioned homes and businesses!
- There are also plenty of small businesses and other companies who are donating all their proceeds to local charities just by hitting “Add to Cart”. Snag some dope AF Houston/Texas swag and give to a good cause by checking out the following tshirts :
With so many ways to help – if I wasn’t proud to be a Texan before, there are so many reasons that Texas is, and always will be the greatest State in the Union.
You may all go to hell, I will go to Texas
- Davy Crockett
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