I spend the last day or so stunned into stillness, too shocked to do anything. But, as the night fades into morning, shock is giving way to strength. I’m ready to rise up with the rest of Houston and find ways I can help my town, within my means and abilities.
Since many of you have asked how you can help, I’m sharing some of them here.
5 Ways You Can Help Hurricane Relief Efforts
My suggestions are focused on local efforts, either joining local businesses and charities in their own efforts or supporting their businesses. But, I will also share a few ways to help if you’re not local.
Local Businesses and Charities
Saddle River Range
If you’re local, you can drop off donations at Saddle River Range. The owner and his family are good friends and good people. As a former Secret Service agent, Thom is no stranger to the tireless efforts of first responders. So he’s cleared space in his gun range to accept for donations. They’ve already filled one truck and made a delivery and are ready for round two. As of last night, the most needed items are non perishable food items, cleaning supplies, and personal care items. Get directions and updates HERE.
Another local charity taking donation is Parker’s Packages. This charity was founded by my cousin and her husband after the loss of their newborn, Parker. They established the charity in his honor and have helped many families with babies and children in the hospital. Right now, they are accepting donations for flood relief.
Mail items to: 35 Camden Oaks Lane, Montgomery, TX 77356
Send money to my PayPal at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will shop for the most needed items and deliver them for you.
This is the school district I live within, where my daughter attended school and where I once taught. While the school district remains closed, they’re volunteering in support of the Montgomery County Food Bank to support donation drives. Visit HERE for drive locations and times.
National Efforts Supporting Texans
As someone who is a part of this company, I’m proud to share Beautycounter is donating 10% of today’s (August 31st) sales to the Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. I’m also matching their donation with 10% of my commissions from purchases made now through September 5th. You can shop HERE.
Get Your Pretty On
Fellow Texan and business partner, Alison of Get Your Pretty On, is also donating 10% of the profits from the Fall Style Challenge to the Red Cross. The Fall Style Challenge will be available for purchase starting tomorrow September 1st. Join the challenge via my affiliate link HERE.
Again, as an affiliate, I will match Alison’s donation with 10% of my own commission.
It is SO touching to see our own people, the ones who just lived through the most catastrophic storm in our history, jump up to volunteer and serve. Shelters are actually having to turn away volunteers.
One of the biggest ways you can help is to remember Texas one month from now, three months from now, even six months from now, because it will take a very long time to recover, rebuild and restore. I don’t doubt we will, but we’re going to need help.
Before I sign off, I want to thank you for your kind words, prayers, encouragement and offers to help. It means so much to me and makes all of this a little more bearable.
See you in class,
p.s. I just saw that Beautycounter is running a sale promo for today only which I hope will boost sales to help with raising money for relief efforts. Check out the promo HERE. (I can help you decide which one would be best for your skin.)