By now, everyone has seen the devastation of Hurricane Harvey on the Texas Coast. No matter where you are in the world, it is impossible to view the images and see the video and not be affected. For Jake and I this is very personal as we both have family and friends currently displaced by the effects of Harvey. Furthermore, this website was born in Houston more than seven years ago.
Those of you that know us know that Jake and I both survived Hurricane Ike, and we know first hand that although the initial storm has been terrible, there is tremendous work yet to come as people relocate and rebuild from this colossal storm.
As we sit in comfort in Burbank, California, we both feel quite helpless to do anything for our family and friends in Houston and the rest of South East Texas who suffer the effects of this horrendous hurricane. However, the truth is we are not helpless and neither are you, and we want to make you aware of some of the best ways to help those in Texas. Here are just some of the agencies serving the citizens of Houston and the rest of South East Texas.
The Red Cross
The easiest way to help is to donate $10 to the Red Cross by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999. The $10 donation will be charged to your mobile phone bill.
To make a larger donation go to the Redcross Website at www.RedCross.org
The United Way Houston
Here you can choose the region you would like to donate to. www.UnitedWayHouston.org
Save the Children
Thier emergency responders are working around the clock to provide family-friendly supplies and services to Hurricane Harvey survivors. You can donate at their website at www.SaveTheChildren.org
The Montrose Center
The LGBTQ Disaster Relief Fund will be used to help individuals and families begin to rebuild their lives through counseling, case management, direct assistance with shelf stable food, furniture, housing and more. The Center’s dedicated case management team is on call to help homeless youth, seniors, people living with HIV, hate crime survivors, and those devastated by the storm. You can donate on their website at www.MontroseCenter.org
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army will remain in communities impacted by this terrible storm, supporting long-term disaster recovery efforts and providing ongoing assistance to those in need. You can donate at GiveSalvationArmyUSA.org
The Humane Society
Relief efforts have heroically included people’s pets as Katrina taught us that many people will not relocate if they cannot take their pets. However, many pets are still displaced and you can help the Humane Society who is on the ground in Texas, helping animals and the people who care about them. You can donate at www.AmericanHumane.org
The ASPCA is preparing water rescue, emergency sheltering and relocation efforts for the areas where animals may need our help most. Donate here: www.ASPCA.org
**IMPORTANT** While a lot of GoFundMe campaigns are legitimate, do be careful about which one you choose to donate to as there have been some scams revealed already.
Donate to the Direct Impact Fund in partnership with GoFundMe. Your tax-deductible donation will go directly to support individuals with verified campaigns on GoFundMe. www.GoFundMe.com/HuricaneHarvey