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How to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

Submitted by on August 30, 2017 – 1:54 pmNo Comment

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Where to Find Out How to Help Harvey Victims

Earlier today, I was explaining to someone how inspired I was feeling about the wonderful outpouring of support for our neighbors in Houston and coastal Texas areas. In the course of the discussion, I was reminded that we all deal differently with crisis in our lives. Those impacted by Hurricane Harvey need the basics and financial support for sure, but they also need emotional support, particularly if they have kids. Just imagine how parents must feel having to be displaced from their homes, schools, businesses and jobs, but, on top of that, having to take care of and entertain their kids too.

As the conversation went on, I found out that my 6-year-old nephew offered to go to a local emergency shelter and play with the kids. There aren’t enough words to express how proud this aunt is of this amazing little boy for his generous thought and for thinking of others when his own family has been impacted by Harvey. It got me thinking how wonderful it would be if affected families were able to connect like this so I hope that both the weather and circumstances can cooperate to make this happen.

It’s heart warming to hear about people, businesses and organizations from communities all over reaching out to help Harvey victims here and in the directly impacted areas. Each person or organization is making a positive difference in their own way. Some are gifted with the skill to organize drives for food and other resources, while others prefer to donate said resources. Then there are folks who just want to write a check or make an online donation, which is great too. There are also people who volunteer their time, quite a precious commodity in today’s busy world! The point is, it doesn’t matter how you want to help, what’s important is the willingness to help.

The question I hear most lately is “How can I help and what do the Harvey victims need?” It’s a question I asked myself a few days ago so I thought it would help to share the information I came across. (If you want to share this post via social media or send a link to it by email, just click on one of the icons below.)

  • The Red Cross is collecting emergency relief items and cash donations. The quickest way to donate cash is to text “HARVEY” to 90999 to make a $10 donation. For information on donating resources, emergency shelters, up-to-date relief efforts or to donate larger amounts, visit their website at www.redcross.org.
  • The Mayor of Houston has established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund that will accept tax deductible flood relief donations. This fund is being administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation. Details here.
  • To support displaced families throughout Texas, Uber is donating free rides to or from shelters (up to $50 each) in multiple cities. No action is required to receive a free ride to or from these locations—the full discount will automatically be applied and reflected in the app when you request uberX. More about this on their blog.
  • School districts like Richardson ISD are collecting basics such as underwear, socks, baby formula and more through Thursday, August 31st. You can drop off items at a local RISD school. More about this on their website.
  • Emergency Shelters – Anyone traveling to DFW from the Southern Texas Coast needing information on shelters can call 211.

Going back to the important reminder I got today about how we all deal with crisis differently, during that conversation, I happened to mention that the Perot Museum is offering free general admission to families displaced by Harvey who have relocated to Dallas. It might seem that these folks have more important things on their mind than planning to attend a science museum for the day, but this offer will give families a chance to have some fun during a really rough time in their lives. We all deal differently, right? And, it will also give parents a chance to “check out” for a few hours while their kids enjoy all the fun things the Perot has to offer. Inspiring isn’t it, to see our communities pulling together and finding their own special way to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey? Have you thought of a way to help? Share about it in the comments below.

 

Mina FranneaMina Frannea is an online media professional. She is the editor and media director at North Texas Kids Magazine and provides freelance marketing and promotional services for clients all over the country. Mina enjoys the Arts & Entertainment, Sci-Fi, new technology, cooking, enlightening discussions and sharing relevant information.  Want to share your story with Mina or North Texas Kids? Send Mina an Email

 

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