MY HEART GOES OUT TO TEXAS

This week we’ve all seen the devastation taking place in Texas from Hurricane Harvey, and the hardest hit has been my hometown of Houston. I grew up in Houston until 8th grade before we moved to Kansas City. My parents live there as well as the rest of my family and countless friends. I had several posts planned for the week, but it just didn’t seem right to talk about what I am wearing or the latest fashion trend when so many people are suffering. I know that next week we will all go back to what’s going on in our own life(me included) but for so many their lives have been changed forever in an instant. Thankfully, my family are all okay but I have seen several friends who have lost their entire homes to this disaster. As I have been watching TV I have seen so many areas that I have fond memories of that are no longer existing and completely underwater. I know it will take time to heal but that’s what Texans do best in a time of need. The come together and take care of each other. My mom sent me a picture yesterday of two of my cousins who were up early and out in their boat going to help with the rescue efforts. I think in this time of disaster it’s so uplifting to know how many hundreds of volunteers are risking their lives to help others. It’s also so gratifying knowing that even though the past year has left our country divided, everyone in Texas is coming together because that’s truly what being human means. If you would like to donate or volunteer House of Harper put together a wonderful list and I’ve included some of them here. #PrayforHouston #TexasStrong

Donate or Volunteer

– Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund –

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner launched the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Funds will be administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation and accepts tax-deductible flood-relief donations. To donate, click here.

– Texas Diaper Bank –

The Texas Diaper Bank, which is based out of San Antonio, is asking for cash and diaper donations to help provide for baby and senior citizen victims who need access to clean diapers in the midst of flooding and evacuations. Diapers take up a lot of space in a delivery truck, which means that other relief organizations prioritize food and clothing to affected areas. The Texas Diaper Bank fills in that need.

– Sumaritan’s Purse –

Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world.  Two disaster relief units are now in Texas to help residents as they continue to struggle with rain, flooding, and destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey. They are working to have a total of five of these tractor trailers in the state, setting up volunteer bases around Victoria, Rockport/Portland, Galveston/Santa Fe, and two in Houston.  Thousands of volunteers will be needed for months to come. Please go to their Volunteer Network to sign up and get the latest information or donate here.

– Global Giving –

Global Giving is aiming to raise $2 million to provide emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine as well as longer-term recovery assistance. Global Giving says all donations made to the fund will be exclusively used to support local relief and recovery efforts. Click here to learn how to donate.

– The Houston Food Bank –

There will be tremendous need for food donations after the storm to support families in shelters, the homeless community and for all the heroic volunteers, The Houston Food Bank will help.  Learn how to donate and volunteer your time by clicking here.

– Team Rubicon –

Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.  They emphasizes the organization’s military ethos of small, cohesive units to make a big difference in areas impacted by natural disaster.

– The SPCA of Texas –

The SPCA of Texas is taking in hundreds of animals transferred from shelters on the coast who aren’t safe where they are right now. You can donate to the organization to help defray the costs—or you can open your home and foster a displaced animal until it can be reunited with its owner.

– The American Red Cross –

To find out how you can volunteer for the American Red Cross click here. Red Cross is also seeking blood donations. Texas organization Carter BloodCare and South Texas Blood and Tissue Center are also seeking blood donations.

– Salvation Army –

The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services is working to help provide food and clothing to victims. Donors can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or click here. The Salvation Army is also looking for volunteers; find out how you can help the Salvation Army here.