What can we do to help?
Right now we're hearing a lot about Texas and Hurricane Harvey in the news, and on social media. Our heart hurts for the victims that have lost their homes, their belongings, and their loved ones. It’s natural for us to want to help in any way we can, but before you open your wallet, I urge you to research about where you will be donating to.
Sometimes it’s easier to throw our money into organizations that seem familiar to us, such as the Red Cross. But, how much research do we actually put into the organizations that we donate to?
The thing about donating to big, well-known organizations such as the Red Cross is that not 100 percent of your money will actually be donated.
That being said, this doesn’t mean the Red Cross is not helping Hurricane Harvey victims, they are. Just keep in mind that most of your money isn’t going directly towards the victims, and because of this I urge you all to always research about where your money is going.
So, where can you donate? You can help Texas by donating to local charities, food banks, and foundations where you know most, if not all of the money is going to words Hurricane Harvey victims.
Here is a list of local places you can donate to:
Mayor Sylvester Turner established this fund through the Greater Houston Community Foundation to provide tax-deductible flood relief donations for those affected by the historic flooding.
This local non-profit has been helping low-income Houstonians for 110 years, since its founding in 1907. Baker Ripley is taking donations for long-term disaster relief, and is currently operating the shelter at NRG Park.
America’s largest food bank is prepared to mobilize resources across Houston, asking for volunteers, donations, and monetary contributions. Their donation page reminds that every $1 donated provides 3 meals. Other local and regional food banks can be found on this list.
They are 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.
They 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.
While not Houston-based, this organization donates diapers to shelters—a resource typically not provided by disaster relief organizations. Monetary donations are accepted here, or you can purchase diapers from the Amazon wish list below that will go to their efforts.
If pets are your cause: Houston PetSet is an umbrella organization that provides grants to a variety of area non-profit, including Houston Humane Society, K-9 Angels Rescue, Barrio Dogs and more. The fund has already raised more than $100,000 in a short time, and is in contact with Harris County Judge Ed Emmett on how to coordinate a recovery plan for animals.
Not all animals are pets, and displaced wildlife need help too. Houston-based Wildlife Center of Texas receives no local, state, or federal funding to nurse displaced wildlife hurt or orphaned by the storm.
These are just a few of the many organizations you can donate to, where the most is being used of your money. The President of the United States won't take the action needed to help these victims, we need to stand together and help our brothers and sisters, and show the world that we only need each other. Help by donating whatever you can!
Let us know your thoughts about Hurricane Harvey in the comments below! How will you be helping?
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