I’ve had a few people ask me how they can help with the relief effort in Houston and elsewhere. First and foremost is the Red Cross. There’s been some “misinformation” about the Red Cross that I won’t get into, but I will discuss some of the other alternative services to provide assistance. Texas is a second home to me, and it’s beyond words the pain I feel for their hardship.
Please keep in mind Houston is only one area greatly affected because of its large population and the severity of infrastructure damage, but Corpus Christi, Galveston, Beaumont, and dozens of other smaller cities and towns across the Gulf Coast have been trounced by Hurricane Harvey.
I know we have our own troubles with a tropical storm brewing, but we must help all of our fellow Americans as one nation, indivisible.
The mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner, has set up a relief fund for the greater Houston area. Details here:
The Salvation Army also does great work here and abroad, and they are providing food and water and aiding first responders. Details here:
The United Way is another organization that I like to give to, and they have a Houston specific link as well.
Last but not least, give blood. I hate – HATE – needles but I make every effort I can to give whenever I can. Honestly, a blood donation can make more of a difference than a monetary donation, and each time you do you know you’re saving a life.
We have plenty of work here in VB that we need to complete immediately, but we can still be cognizant of the needs of others. It’s not necessary to donate tens or hundreds of dollars, even a dollar or two makes a difference. One of the other greatest resources you can donate is your time. We have local chapters of each of these organizations and I’m certain they can use the help.