Watching Hurricane Harvey slam into the gulf coast last week was heartbreaking. As a born and raised Texan, I felt an urgency to do something. I asked our friends on facebook if we could help, and looked for direct ways you and I could make a meaningful impact.
Back in 2013 a fertilizer plant exploded in West, Texas. My Sister, some amazing volunteers and I took in donations from the community and drove them down there. Once we arrived, we were directed to a huge Red Cross warehouse filled with boxes and boxes of clothes. Standing in the middle of these aisles upon aisles of used clothing I realized these people who just lost everything would likely benefit far greater from a direct financial donation.
Over the past week I’ve been in contact with friends in south Texas, and friends from our PDCD facebook page, and compiled a reliable list of ways you and I can immediately help those who’ve been impacted. The above facebook post has links to these specific comments, and all sources have been vetted by me.
Hurricane Harvey • How You Can Help
Courtney commented on the facebook status I posted, and I contacted her to get more details. Her Mom lost everything. You can donate to her Mom’s GoFundMe here.
Here's everything #Harvey stripped from my mom and Erin. Over 30 people total came to help today. We never could of done…
The Alle Family drove up to San Angelo after several failed attempts to find shelter, and are currently being taken care of by St. Paul’s Church there. Their home, and everything they owned, was a complete loss, so the Church is helping them build a home there and start a new life for their sweet family. You can donate to their GoFundMe here.
I met Jamie several years back at our TADA! Workshop, we’ve stayed facebook friends since and she is just the sweetest person. Her and her Husband had just finished renovating their dental practice prior to Harvey, and are now having to start that process all over again. Her sister-in-law setup a GoFundMe for their family here.
You hear bad stories about donating to some of the larger disaster relief services and the intended party never seeing a dime, but this is an organization I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about. You can’t go wrong with Convoy of Hope.
I’ve known a lot of you for years, and I feel like we’re a big online family. Please keep us posted with your needs, and know that our prayers are with everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey, and those of you in the path of Hurricane Irma.