It’s been a long standing “joke” of mine to describe myself as “Texan-Canadian.”
I was born in Canada, but after my father got transferred from the oil fields of Alberta to the off-shore oil rigs of Houston I was raised a Texan. Just with proud Canadian roots.
What was supposed to be a short stint in America turned into a lifetime for my family. We never left. I ventured away for college in Waco and then went a bit farther to Dallas, but the Houston area will always be my home. Heck, I’ve lived in Dallas for nearly a decade now and I still refuse to cheer for their sports teams (EXCEPT the Dallas Stars, because it’s the only hockey I get!)
It is truly heartbreaking to see what is happening in Houston. Waiting to hear from my family and best friends every day has been one of the hardest things to do. I feel like a stalker checking in every couple of hours, ha!
My feet have been itching to jump in the car and drive down to help. I know I can’t do this. The exit for my parents, sister, and brother-in-law is under water so I wouldn’t even have a place to get to. Or stay. For now, all my people are safe. Stuck, but safe.
Since I can’t use my hands, I’ll use my words. I’ve been researching different ways to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. I compiled a list and wanted to share it with you all if you feel it in your hearts to help. If you can’t help, at least share this blog post with others, that way the word gets spread around!
-The American Red Cross depends on financial donations in order for them to provide immediate relief. They have set up a simple text messaging route to make it easier for people to donate. Text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make an automatic $10 donation. You can also visit their website and donate there.
-Other organizations in desperate need of donations: SPCA of Texas (help the animals!!), The Salvation Army, Save the Children, Feeding Texas (network of food banks), Texas Diaper Bank (they are putting together relief kits for families with young children), and Coalition for the Homeless
I know it often doesn't seem like enough to just give money, but it really does help these organizations. Your money WILL go to helping hurricane victims!
Shop, you say? Well, yeah! There are some companies out there doing great things for the relief of Hurrican Harvey survivors!
-Apple is allowing customers to donate to the Red Cross via Itunes.
-Need a coffee? Starbucks has set up donations to the Red Cross at any U.S. store!
-Need a notebook? Planner? You all know my never-ending love for May Designs. They have created 4 different Texas themed designs and 100% of proceeds from those designs are going to fund relief efforts in Texas. Amazing, eh? And the options are REALLY cute. Check them out here.
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-Um, JJ Watt is not only a beast on the field but a beast of a person. He set up a crowdfunding opportunity for his followers TWO days ago and has already raised (as of now when I'm writing this) over 1.5 MILLION buck-a-roos. People are awesome, eh? You can donate to his fundraiser here. I'm excited to see how much he raises!
-The American Red Cross has asked people to volunteer. They will be given fast-track training. 90% of the Red Cross efforts are achievable because of civilian volunteers.
-The Salvation Army is also looking for volunteers to help pass out food and supplies at shelters.
-The Austin Disaster Relief is setting up a list of volunteers to go in after the waters recede and help on their clean up team.
-Check out this link for different volunteer opportunities!
-Blood centers are in drastically low supply due to Hurricane Harvey. Make an appointment with Carter Blood Care or even if you're not in Texas, you can search on the American Red Cross website for local blood drives in your area.
-The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center is in desperate need of blood. Specifically, O neg and O pos, but any and all blood types will help. Check here for donation locations if you're in the San Antonio and New Braunfels areas.
-Yesterday, all H-E-B and Central Market stores across Texas started a "Tear Pad" campaign. Buy your groceries at these stores and at checkout add $1, $3, or $5 to your total bill. It's quick, easy, and every dollar helps!
There ya have it! I hope some of these helped shed light on different ways we can all help. If you're anything like me, you've been thinking about ways to throw your hands in and get dirty.
What are different ways you're helping during this difficult time?
Until next time,