My heart has been heavy over the last week following the news of Hurricane Harvey and the ongoing devastation it continues to cause. I almost feel guilty going about my normal life in the wake of this tragedy.
This is a crisis.
Houston, the fourth largest city in the U.S. (and home to many of my friends and family members), has been absolutely devastated by catastrophic and record-breaking floods. Not to mention the countless other towns torn to shreds. Many are still without running water and others left completely homeless.
The destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey, especially in Houston and other coastal Texas towns, is real. People and animals need your help!
So, what are you doing to help?
There are so many ways to get involved in Hurricane Harvey outreach, even if you don’t have the money to spare. Volunteers will be needed in the upcoming months to help repair cities and rebuild lives–your time is a gift.
Donations like clothes, food, household items, socks, underwear and diapers are in high demand right now. People are injured, homeless and suffering–give blood at your local blood drive.
Animal shelters like are taking in thousands of rescued cats and dogs left behind or separated from their families. It doesn’t matter how you give–every little bit helps!
For example, I spent a little bit of time cleaning out my closet and filled three large trash bags with clothes, shoes and yoga pants to donate, all in good condition. Some people lost everything and only have the clothes on their backs, so things like this help immensely (and cost you nothing–you have more than you need anyways!).
For those of you who want to give back (and believe me, you should!), I’ve put together list of ways you can get involved and support those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Your support means the world to a lot of people, and not just right now, but in the many months to come!
- Donate money. You can donate $10 to the American Red Cross simply by texting HARVEY to 90999. Many companies, like Amazon, will match your donation 2:1 if you donate through their websites!
- Give blood. Several hospitals have been shut down and Harvey’s death toll is still rising. Your donation could save a life.
- Animal shelters. They need supplies, foster homes and, most importantly, love.
- Food banks. Thousands are need of provisions and have no access to grocery stores. Non-perishable goods are best!
- Volunteer. Especially over the many months to come, your time and energy will be extremely valuable as the populations of the affected cities and towns rebuild their homes, businesses and lives.
It’s hard to watch the news and not feel completely helpless and grief-stricken in the midst of such a huge crisis. But you are not helpless, and every little bit helps. Do your part and make sure to contribute in some way, in any way you can!