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Hurricane Harvey Relief

by Grace Bonney

Over our summer break, thousands of people in Texas lost their homes, belongings and much more because of Hurricane Harvey. We’ve been discussing ways to give back on social media this past week, but before we start back with our regular content this week, I wanted to share some links below in case anyone wants to help out, donate or support those affected. Thank you, and to anyone in Texas who needs our support, please let us know if there are more specific ways our community can be of service — we are here for you. xo, Grace

  • Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner created a Harvey relief fund through The Greater Houston Community Foundation. You can donate here.
  • The Texas Diaper Bank is supporting babies and families in need, you can donate here.
  • The Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County is supporting those without homes, you can donate here.
  • The SPCA of Texas and Austin Alive are supporting displaced and rescued animals.
  • The Texas Food Banks (see all links here, scroll down) are accepting donations.
  • For more ideas and ways to help, visit NPR’s full list of suggestions.

Artwork above by Anne Kehn Designs at Etsy (Proceeds go to Hurricane Harvey Relief)

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  • I’m so happy to see people coming together to support our neighbors! My school has been matched with a partner school affected by Harvey; it’s been so nice to see students involved and know that our support will go directly to those in need.

    While I am not affiliated with the organization myself, I am donating to the Montrose Center fund for LGBTQ+ folks affected by Harvey. https://my.reason2race.com/DNicol/HurricaneHarveyLGBTQDisasterReliefFund2017

    After the awful news about Trump ending DACA, I’d also like to donate to an organization that works with undocumented Texans and would appreciate any suggestions!

  • It’s all so much, right?! There are so many people/organizations that need so many things. And I must tell you, SE Texas, particularly The Golden Triangle (Beaumont, Pt. Arthur, & Orange) is still in crisis. Beaumont still doesn’t have any drinking water. Port Arthur is still flooded. My point being, I’m worried that the public has a short attention span and many have “disaster fatigue” and/or “donor fatigue” and that folks have begun to move on mentally after donating via TXT to a large organization. So thank you for listing specific groups for Houston and giving your voice as an advocate for those that need help!

    My one, small non-social media savvy voice is here to say I know of a place too: Girls’ Haven. This is a residential facility for at-risk girls. The building sustained only minor damage (just a few inches of water in some parts); however, the girls still had to evacuate due to the lack of water and several staff members lost EVERYTHING. As I mulled this over with my sister (The President of the Board of Directors) we lamented how GH is such a small organization we are afraid it will get lost in the shuffle; all the while it feels so callous to look to the regular local donors who have ALL lost so much. The area has indeed been devastated.

    The girls are safe but this has created unexpected expenses beyond what insurance will cover. (Just the cost of evacuating adds up.) And when you are a small non-profit relying on a few large fundraisers a year combined with individual donations from within your own community throughout the year, it paints a grim financial picture. Here is a link to this wonderful organization: http://www.girlshaveninc.org/

    I can only imagine this entire scenario playing out all over the wonderful small towns up and down the Texas coast.

    Also, CBS Sunday morning did a great piece this past week about donating to disasters:

    Thank you for all you do and how much you’ve grown D*S!

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