Harvey slowly, ever so slowly, slammed into the Texas coast and seems to like the Lone Star state so much it doesn’t want to leave. Unfortunately, he has been a very unwelcome guest. Far past annoying, Harvey is dangerous. It has already poured as much as fifty inches of rain into some places of South/ Southeast Texas. Houston is pretty much all water front property at the moment and thus far, there have been a known three casualties. We are very thankful many people have heeded the warnings, made preparations and, when possible, evacuated or moved to higher ground. Even with these precautions, Houston was not evacuated and the result of rising waters has meant over a thousand rescues thus far and a swamped 911 system.
The devastation is immeasurable at this time, mostly because it isn’t done. Like an old roommate who says he needs a place to crash for a couple of days, he is there to stay for the better part of a week. Tornadoes are spawning around him while the rain keeps pouring down. We will not really know until next weekend where this will end and what it will truly cost.
Our thoughts are definitely with those suffering and afraid or who have lost so much. But they need more than our thoughts. Our nation may be deep in a political divide, but today, and tomorrow, and the next day and for months to come (even years) this is a point of unity. This is where we show what is so great about our nation and who we really are when it all counts. Today is when we show the world who we choose to be. We do not leave our brother and sister citizens bereft in disaster. We reach out our hands and offer help in whatever way we can.
Whether it is a monetary contribution, even a very small one, or for those who live nearby, assistance with clean-up and rebuilding by volunteering your time and personal labor, or a donation of supplies, household essentials, clothes, or food, most everyone can reach out in some way.
It is not our arsenal of weapons but our compassion which makes America great. Empathy is how we rise together better than before. Below, please find links to many resources for assisting in the emergency aid and rebuilding in the aftermath of Harvey.
We are One Woman, One World.
Ann Lavendar Truong
American Red Cross
The humanitarian organization is opening shelters, sending supplies and putting volunteers in place around Texas. You can donate money online or text 90999 to chip in $10. If you want to volunteer, read this.
The non-profit is accepting donations on its website.
Austin Pets Alive!
The organization says it has transported over 235 animals to its shelter since Saturday morning. How can you lend a hand? Make a donation, foster or adopt a pet, or volunteer. Find out more here.
The state network of food banks is accepting donations.
The crowdfunding site is trying to reach a $2 million relief fund goal. You can contribute here.
Save the Children
The organization’s emergency responders are on the ground and ready to help. You can donate to its relief fund here.
South Texas Blood and Tissue Center
Blood donors are urgently needed as the state deals with severe injuries and strained resources. The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center website appeared to be down Sunday afternoon — but you can find a blood drive at this page.
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief
The group has sent lots of supplies — rolled roofing, mold removal tools — and deployed volunteers. You can learn more and donate here.
Texas Diaper Bank
The organization is sending out relief kits for babies, young kids, the elderly and disabled. You can donate here.
If you are looking for a way to assist the Coastal Bend region during our long term recovery process from Hurricane Harvey. Please consider the Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group (CBDRG).
The Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group (CDRG) is a state recognized long-term recovery non-profit group created to address the unmet needs of Coastal Bend area residents affected by disaster. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, areas of the Coastal Bend will no doubt be devastated and long-term recover needs of the under-served population will emerge. Please visit the website to donate. volunteers will be called as needed.www.CoastalBendCan.org/CBDRG
North American Mission Board Disaster Relief:
- Online donation: Click here
- Phone: 800-634-2462 (Continental U.S. & Canada)
*Note: I am sure these are far from all the available ways to assist our fellow citizens in need. Please also look for any community support projects which may be coordinating with rescue workers and volunteers on the ground in the affected areas.
Photo credit: Los Angeles Times